Proving the dynamism of the Boeing 737 aircraft, the U.S. airplane producer, announced that, it is going to increase the monthly production of the Boeing 737 aircraft in 2017 aiming to achieve a smoothly transition to the production of Boeing 737 MAX. The move corresponds to need of new airplanes by the global aviation industry, as a positive indicator of global economic development:
Boeing announced that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the Boeing 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010. ”We’re taking this step to make sure our airplanes get into the hands of our customers when they need them,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our employees and our suppliers have successfully increased the production rate to unmatched levels over the last three years. This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX.” Boeing currently produces 38 airplanes per month from its Renton, Wash., factory and will increase the rate to 42 per month in the first half of 2014. First delivery of the 737 MAX is on track for third quarter of 2017. ”With the continuing strong demand we are seeing in the market for the 737, we expect to keep employees busy in Renton making this amazing airplane for years to come,” said Wyse. The rate increase announced today is not expected to have a significant impact on 2013 financial results. Boeing’s highly efficient and reliable 737 family is the proven market leader. To date, 266 customers worldwide have placed more than 11,200 orders for the single-aisle airplane – including more than 6,500 orders for the Next-Generation 737 and more than 1,600 orders for the 737 MAX. Boeing currently has more than 3,400 unfilled orders across the 737 family.
As far as the Boeing 737 aircraft, it is important to be mentioned that Boeing has already delivered more than 7,500 737s:
The Next-Generation family has won orders for more than 6,300 airplanes, while the combined 737 family has surpassed 10,700 orders. Boeing has delivered more than 7,500 737s (of those more than 4,400 are Next-Generation 737s) through April 2013. The 737 program broke the record for orders for any Boeing model in a single year, accumulating 1,124 net orders in 2012. The 737 MAX – which brings the best of future engine technologies to the record-selling 737 – accounted for 914 of those orders, bringing total orders to date to 1,235. In addition, the Next-Generation 737 set a new single-year record with 415 deliveries to customers worldwide. The 737 program also celebrated its 10,000th order in 2012. Two Next-Generation 737s were certified and entered service in 2007. The 737-900ER (Extended Range) was launched July 18, 2005, with an order for 30 airplanes from Indonesian carrier Lion Air. The airplane was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 20, 2007, and validated by the Indonesian regulatory agency April 26. Lion Air received its first 737-900ER on April 27, 2007. Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency followed on April 22, 2008. On Jan. 31, 2006, the 737-700ER was launched with an order conversion from ANA (All Nippon Airways) for two airplanes. The derivative, inspired by the Boeing Business Jet, is designed for long-range commercial applications and has the longest range capability of any 737 family member in commercial service. FAA certification took place Feb. 1, 2007, with validation through the regulatory agency in Japan closely following. ANA received its first 737-700ER on Feb. 14, 2007 and its second Aug. 16.
The U.S. aircraft producer gives commercial priority to the promotion of Boeing 737 MAX series, as its main competitor Airbus is moving forward with the A320 aircraft series:
Boeing’s newest family of airplanes – 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 – will build on the Next-Generation 737′s popularity and reliability while delivering customers unsurpassed fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market. Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane planned for 2013, first flight in 2016 and deliveries to customers beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,000 orders and commitments from 16 customers worldwide since its launch Aug. 30, 2011. The 737 MAX will deliver the big savings in fuel that airlines require for the future. The new-engine variant, powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, reduces fuel burn and CO2 emissions by an additional 13 percent over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes. Recent design updates, including Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglet, will result in less drag and further optimize the 737 MAX performance especially on longer-range missions. When compared to a fleet of 100 of today’s most fuel-efficient airplanes, this new model will emit 286,000 fewer tons of CO2 and save nearly 200 million pounds of fuel per year, which translates into more than $100 million in cost savings*. The 737 MAX 8′s fuel burn is expected to be 8 percent per-seat lower than the future competition. The 737 MAX’s more efficient structural design, less engine thrust and less required maintenance also will add up to substantial cost advantages for customers. The 737 MAX 8 will have the lowest operating costs* in the single-aisle segment with an 8 percent per-seat advantage over the A320neo. The 737 MAX will incorporate the latest quiet engine technology to reduce the operational noise footprint of the airplane by 40 percent.Emissions will be reduced by 50 percent below the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP)/6 limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Finally, it is important to be mentioned that the global aviation industry, together with international and regional aircraft producers, can be a true “locomotive” for the global economy. The Boeing 737 is here with a future…