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Boeing begins increased production of Next-Generation 737

Some more positive from Boeing today as they have begun assembling the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the rate of 38 aircraft per month.

Over the past two years, production of the 737 has risen more than 20 percent, from 31.5 to 38 aircraft a month. In 2014, the rate will go up again to 42 aircraft a month.

Boeing begins increased production of Next-Generation 737 - Spar load for first 737 at increased rate

Boeing begins increased production of Next-Generation 737 – Spar load for first 737 at increased rate

Boeing 737 Increase

Today mechanics completed loading initial parts of the spars – internal support structures in the wings – into an automated spar-assembly machine. The spar is the first step in building the wings and marks the start of major manufacturing for an airplane.

“The first spar load serves as the defining moment for our latest rate break, and the 737 team did it as planned, on schedule,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 program.

“We have more hard work ahead of us, but we are well on our way to another successful production rate increase.”

Employee teams have been instrumental in reducing 737 production flow by developing and implementing innovative efficiency improvements.

The first Next-Generation 737 built at the new rate is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

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