777 goes to 7

In addition to delivering on our 747-8 and 787 development programs, one of the most important things we’ll be doing this year is moving forward on our production rate increases. In fact, we’re raising production rates across all product lines by 40 percent in the next three years.

We took an important step recently, rolling out the first Boeing 777 at the 7 per month rate. That freighter will be delivered to FedEx Express in June.

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The first 777 at the new 7 per month rate rolls out of the Everett factory.

This increase ties the highest production rate in the history of the 777 program. Workers on the line have also accomplished this goal three previous times, showing just how strong the demand is for the 777. The program received 46 new orders during the first quarter of 2011, and has a backlog of 280 airplanes.

The 777 team will be called on again late next year when the rate will increase yet again from 7 to 8.3 airplanes per month. It’s the right thing to do for our customers, and I applaud everyone on the 777 team for stepping up to meet the demand.

Comments (3)

V V (Montreal, Qu├ębec):

Only two weeks ago I was wondering whether the 777-300ER will reach Five Hundred cummulative orders this year. It looks like the number will be exceeded very soon.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Very good news for the 777 line even in the pre shadow on the up and coming A350. The 777 300ER and the 777 200LR fit the bill that the airlines need and want in the future for capacity and fuel efficiency. It would be interesting to see how an updated 777NG would look like.

Peter Evers (Oldenzaal, the netherlands):

On what is this next increase towards 8,3 aircraft/ month based ?

Simple math learns that 8,3 x 12 = 99,6 aircraft/year
Is this excluding the production stop between Christmas and New Year.
Or will the new target be 100 777's delivered in one year during 2013 ?

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