Boeing to Increase 737 Production Rate to 42 Planes Per Month in 2014
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh made the announcement, saying the market outlook for single-aisle jetliners is strong and growing. “Customers are demanding our Next-Generation 737 at an unprecedented rate,” Albaugh said. “New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers.”
Albaugh emphasized the popularity of Boeing’s new passenger comfort features, noting that since its introduction in May 2010, the new Boeing Sky Interior is specified on more than 80 percent of new 737 orders.
737 Program Vice President and General Manager Beverly Wyse said the goal with this rate increase is to continue meeting customer demand with a plane that provides strong performance and value. “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,” Wyse said. “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.”
The 737 program currently produces 31.5 airplanes per month and expects to go to 35 per month in early 2012, 38 per month in the second quarter of 2013, and then to 42 per month in the first half of 2014. Once implemented in the first half of 2014, the 737 program expects to build on average two 737s each workday and nearly 500 airplanes each year.
Boeing said the rate increase announced on Wednesday is not expected to have a material impact on the company’s financial results for 2011. More than 280 Boeing customers have placed more than 8,880 orders for the single-aisle 737 airplane – including more than 5,750 orders of the Next-Generation 737. Boeing currently manages a backlog of more than 2,100 of the 737 family.