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Boeing to increase 737 production rate again

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 4, 2013
737s on one of two Renton final assembly lines.
737s on one of two Renton final assembly lines.

Boeing has announced a further increase in 737 production rates to 47 aircraft a month in 2017. This will see more than 560 737s a year come off its Renton production lines, representing an increase in output of nearly 50 per cent since 2010.

“This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX,” said Beverly Wyse, 737 program vice president and general manager.

Boeing is currently building the 737 at a rate of  38 aircraft a month, with the rate to increase to 42 per month in the first half of 2014.

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The 737 order backlog currently stands at over 3,400 aircraft, including 1,600 737 MAX orders. Of that backlog, as at September Qantas had eight 737-800s on order, Virgin Australia no fewer than 59 (including 23 MAXes), according to Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

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