Boeing has increased the production rate of its 737 Next Generation family to 38 aircraft a month.
Over the last two years 737 production has increased 20 per cent and in 2014 will increase again to 42 per month.
The new production rate has been made possible by the automated assembly of wing spars, the first step in the manufacturing of an aircraft, Boeing said.
The company’s vice president and general manager of 737 production Beverly Wyse said: “The first spar load serves as the defining moment for our latest rate break, and the 737 team did it as planned, on schedule.”
The first 737NG built at the new production rate is scheduled for delivery during the second quarter.