Thu, Jun 17, 2010
Boeing Ups Production Rate To 35 Per Month
A second production rate increase for the Next-Generation Boeing
737 program was announced by the Washington state aircraft
manufacturer Tuesday, taking the rate from the previously announced
34 airplanes per month to 35 in early 2012.
Next Generation B737-900
In May, Boeing cited continued strong demand for the
Next-Generation 737 as reason to ramp-up production from 31.5 to 34
airplanes per month and indicated plans to study further increases.
Tuesday's announcement acknowledges the anticipated long-term
growth in this market segment and the continued pressure to raise
airplane output to match expected market demand.
"Our customers continue to show their preference for the
Next-Generation 737 by exercising order options as well as by
placing new orders," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and
CEO Jim Albaugh. "We've managed our current backlog efficiently and
increasing rate is the product of our comprehensive planning and
preparation. We will continue to monitor demand as we go
Boeing and its suppliers will prepare for the rate increase over
the next 18 months, assessing readiness and ensuring an orderly
ramp-up from the current 31.5 airplanes per month. The rate
increase is not expected to have a material impact on 2010
Next Generation B737 Sky Interior
The Next-Generation 737 program continues to innovate in the
areas of improved navigation, performance and passenger comfort.
The program will deliver its first 737 Boeing Sky Interior in
October and is progressing with its implementation of a package of
performance improvements by early 2012 that are expected to reduce
fuel consumption by 2 percent.
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