Looking at 52

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.

Comments (4)

Siggenthal Station Steve (Siggenthal Station, Switzerland):

52 per month is basically 2.5 planes per work day on average (260 days per year minus 10 holidays)!

That is truly amazing!!!

Some day, in the not to distant future, I think you will be cranking out a 737 every 8 hour shift!

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Quite a staggering amount, almost two 737's delivered daily! With the large amount of orders for the 737 MAX I can see 52 deliveries per month being sustainable for a while.

Dr Dorothy (WASHINGTON):

Congratulations to our NASA ordering spaceships from Boeing where Boeing received $ 4.2 billion for its CST-100 craft!

Congratulations too to our NASA 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge (UAS AOC)integration into our National Airspace System with the objectives of latest success advancement capability for mature sense and avoid technology, also known as SAA! And congratulations again to Boeing top the contract list!

Best regards,
Dr Dorothy

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

In the blog entry The leader by all measures, the commentator Graham Kettle provided two very interesting figures:

15,000 orders for narrowbody aircraft

20,000 orders for all Boeing Commercial Airplanes jetliners since the company committed private funds to develop the 367-80.


If you look at the climb in popularity of the 737 with each major upgrade, you note that each successive upgrade is quite more popular than the former. The Next Generation 737 has been insanely successful, representing now well more than half of all 737 production -- in fact, more than half of all Boeing narrowbody production since the start of the jet-age (including McDonnell Douglas types). And the 737NG only entered service in 1997.

What it shows is an expanding global economy, with much greater opportunity. Milestones have been passing by at an accelerating pace for some time.

The MAX stands at an inflection point in history, almost exactly 20 years on from the NG. An exciting time for yourselves, your great competitor, and any new challengers.

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