This week, we surpassed 1,000 net orders for the year. That’s an impressive total with more than three months still left in 2014—especially considering that Ryanair’s commitment for 100 of our MAX 200 airplanes won’t roll onto the books until later this year.
We also booked 55 new MAX orders this past week, bringing our total MAX orders to date to 2,294.
When you look at all those numbers, along with our strong backlog, there’s no question our planned production rate increases make sense—especially on the single-aisle side.
The 737 Delivery Center at Boeing Field is always a busy place. Marian Lockhart photo.
Earlier this week, Ray Conner said we’re considering a rate increase to 52 airplanes a month at our 737 factory in Renton— somewhere in the 2018 time frame. The 737 program just increased its monthly output to 42 airplanes after a disciplined rate-readiness process. And the groundwork is already being put in place to climb to 47 airplanes a month in 2017.
The fact that we’re even looking at the possibility of 52 per month reflects the appetite for airplanes like the 737 MAX and Next-Generation 737. That demand is incredibly strong in China. They are a huge driver—and will only keep growing.
We’re confident in both our plans to increase rate and in our supply chain’s ability to ramp up with us. It should be a fun ride.