Boeing has just announced that it plans to increase the production of its 737s in 2017 to 47 airplanes per month. This will be the highest production rate for the best-selling airliner.
Once this new rate is implemented in four years, the 737 program will build over 560 airplanes each year, increasing output by 50 percent since 2010. Currently, the company produces 38 airplanes monthly from its Renton, Washington factory, but this will be increased to 42 during the first half of 2014.
Beverly Wyse, Boeing vice president and general manager, 737 program, said, “We’re taking this step to make sure our airplanes get into the hands of our customers when they need them. Our employees and our suppliers have successfully increased the production rate to unmatched levels over the last three years. This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX.”
Over 266 global customers have ordered the highly efficient and reliable 737 airplanes. Right now, Boeing has 3,400 unfilled orders that they are working on.