Boeing has announced that it will increase its 737 production rate to 42 aircraft per month by the first half of 2014.
Currently building 737s at the rate of 31.5 per month, Boeing intends to reach 35 per month by early 2012, 38 a month in the second quarter of 2013, and then 42 per month in the first half of 2014. At that point, Boeing expects to build on average two 737s each work day, totalling almost 500 per year.
“We believe that many of the capital investments and production system changes made for 38 airplanes per month will already position us to build 42. We are very well situated for this rate increase,” Boeing 737 program vice president and general manager Beverly Wyse said.
“We have worked very closely with our supply chain and our world-class manufacturing team to ensure we can increase rate in an efficient and responsible fashion,” she said.