Boeing is to increase production of the 737 aircraft to 47 aircraft per month by 2017.
It will start with an increase from its current rate of 38 to 42 aircraft a month from the 1H, 2014. Once fully implemented, the programme will deliver more than 560 aircraft a year, increasing its output by almost 50 per cent since 2010. Beverly Wyse, VP and general manager of the programme, said: "We're taking this step to make sure our aircraft get into the hands of our customers when they need them. This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX." There are more than 3,400 unfulfilled orders across the 737 family, including from El Al, Aerolineas Argentinas and Alaska Airlines. Recently, Boeing also increased its production rate for the 787, announcing that it will produce 12 of the aircraft each month by 2016; its current target is to hit 10 per month by the end of the year. The update was announced on the back of news that Boeing's revenue had grown by 11 per cent to $22.1bn.