Boeing 737 Program Starts Building at Higher Production Rate

Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:46pm EST

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- New rate increases production to 38 airplanes per month
RENTON, Wash.,  Jan. 29, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has begun
assembly of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the rate of 38
airplanes per month. Over the past two years, production of the 737 has risen
more than 20 percent, from 31.5 to 38 airplanes a month. In 2014, the rate will
go up again to 42 airplanes a month.

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

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.

Linda Lee
737 Program Communications
+1 206-766-2905

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