34 per month

We announced today that we will indeed increase production rates on the Renton-built Next-Generation 737.

We’ll be increasing the rate from the current 31.5 airplanes per month to 34 per month in early 2012.

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Next-Generation 737s on the production line in Renton. Our 737 backlog of more than 2,000 unfilled orders from more than 80 customers has remained very strong through the economic downturn

As I’ve mentioned here before, the global economy continues its recovery, and we think that airlines will return to profitability in 2011. This will lead to an increased demand for airplanes - especially in the market served by the Next-Generation 737 - in 2012 and beyond.

We’ll keep looking at the need for further 737 rate increases as customer demand evolves.

Comments (5)

Kristi (Renton, Washington):

This is really great news. With the diminishing footprint of Boeing in Renton, it is good to know that the factory continues to produce a quality product and has a huge backlog.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Airlines and people like the 737 for its comfort and economy, the increased production rate will be a boost for the local economies where the aircraft and its components are assembled.

Andy (Caldwell, ID USA):

The bird in hand is worth two in the bush, therefore increased production is a wise strategy with all the speculation going on about competition and the future direction of single isle aircraft.

On another note, I have observed the 787 is testing over the Pacific Ocean, SW CA, conducting 9-10 hour test sessions. Does this mean that the 787 is test ready to fly the pond and be part of the static display at Farnborough this summer? Just Asking :)

A check mark means yes.

An X means no.

Thanks

P.Sumantri (France):

It looks like the 737 is a "Really Useful Engine".

Brad Van Gorder (Minneapolis):

The 737 has been an amazing cash cow for Boeing for the past several decades. It doesn't get the credit it deserves for being such a successful aircraft.

Randy - on a different subject - what's the sales outlook for the 747-8 passenger & cargo versions?

Do you think Airbus has regrets about devoting so much of its resources to designing and building the A380 vs. the A350?

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