Boeing announced (17-May-2010) it will increase B737NG production from 31.5 to 34 aircraft per month in early 2012. The planned rate increase is aimed at satisfying continued strong demand for the aircraft. Boeing stated it "continues to study further potential B737 rate increases, given continued customer demand". Suppliers for the B737 programme are prepared to support the rate increase. The production rate decision is not expected to have a material impact on 2010 financial results. [more]
Boeing Commercial Airplanes: "The global economy continues to recover this year and we believe that airlines will return to profitability in 2011. We believe that there will be an increased demand for airplanes ... in 2012 and beyond," Randy Tinseth, VP of Marketing. Source: Boeing, 17-May-2010.