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May 16, 2011

Boeing Ups 777 Production Rate to Seven Planes Per Month

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Boeing has for the fourth time begun producing their 777 widebody jets from five planes to seven planes per month, the company announced Monday.

Workers rolled out the first Boeing 777 jetliner--a 777F destined for FedEx--at the seven-per-month rate in early May.

Workers rolled out the first Boeing 777 jetliner–a 777F destined for FedEx–at the seven-per-month rate in early May. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

By increasing production speed in the wing spar, service-ready wing and final body join areas, Boeing is able to shave three days off the total build time. Planes that usually took 52 days to build will now take 49 days.

“This rate increase reflects the strong demand for the 777. It continues to be the clear leader in the 300-400 passenger seat market,” said Larry Loftis, 777 vice president and general manager.

This is the fourth time Boeing has upped monthly 777 production to seven. Past increases have occurred from July 1997 to February 1998, August 1998 to October 1999 and most recently from November 2006 to May 2010.

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