Boeing will boost 737NG production rate to 42 monthly in 2014
Published: June 16, 2011
Next-Generation 737 final assembly line in Renton, Wash. Photo: Courtesy, Boeing.
Boeing said Wednesday it will boost the production rate for the 737NG to 42 per month in the first half of 2014, up from 31.5 currently and planned increases to 35 per month in early 2012 and 38 monthly in the 2013 second quarter ( ATW Daily News, Sept. 17, 2010 ).
The manufacturer noted it will “build on average two 737s each workday and nearly 500 airplanes each year” from 2014. Airbus announced last month it will raise the monthly production rate of its A320 family to 42 aircraft beginning in the 2012 fourth quarter ( ATW Daily News, May 19 ).
Addressing 737 production last month at Boeing’s annual investor conference in Seattle, Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh commented, “We need to move our production rates up in response to market demand … In my mind, seven years of backlog is too much … It’s not about having the best airplane. It’s about having the best airplane available. So what we want to do is start burning down that backlog and have a more manageable level.”
On Wednesday, Albaugh said there is an “unprecedented rate” of demand for 737NGs.”New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers,” he said in a statement. Boeing has a backlog of more than 2,100 737s. The companyis still weighing whether to re-engine the 737NG or launch an all-new successor aircraft ( ATW Daily News, May 25 ).