Boeing’s 737 production has ticked over to a higher rate of 38 aircraft per month as the plane maker ramps up to produce 42 of the airliners per month by next year.
Citing a healthy backlog and strong demand, Boeing has flagged plans to increase production of several of its models, including the 737, 777 and 787. Boeing had increased production from 31.5 aircraft per month to 35 beginning in late 2011.
Boeing said today that it had rolled the first 737 produced at the new rate of 38 per month. The aircraft, a 737-800, is destined for Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines.