Boeing announced (31-Oct-2013) it will increase production on the 737 programme to 47 aircraft per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 programme will build more than 560 aircraft per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50% since 2010. Boeing currently produces 38 aircraft per month from its Renton, Washington, factory and will increase the rate to 42 per month in 1H2014. First delivery of the 737 MAX is on track for 3Q2017. The rate increase is not expected to have a significant impact on 2013 financial results. [more - original PR]
Boeing Commercial Airplanes: "We're taking this step to make sure our airplanes get into the hands of our customers when they need them. Our employees and our suppliers have successfully increased the production rate to unmatched levels over the last three years. This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX". Beverly Wyse,VP and general manager, 737 programme. Source: Boeing Commercial Airplanes, 31-Oct-2013.