Boeing has officially increased the assembly speed of the first Next-Generation 737 as the firm aims to turn out 38 planes per month, reports chicagotribune.com.
Production of the 737 plane will increase from the current 35 planes a month and Boeing hopes to increase the schedule to 42 a month by 2014. Over the past two years, production of the 737 has increase by more than 20 per cent.
Overall, the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate is set to be delivered in the second quarter of 2013 and could be seen on flight progress maps soon after.
Construction of the Boeing 737-800
Mechanics completed loading initial parts of the spars – internal support structures in the wings – into an ‘automated spar-assembly machine’ on Tuesday. The spar, which is the first step in building plane wings, represents the start of major manufacturing for an airplane.
Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 program, commented on the plane’s production to breakingtravelnews.co.uk: “The first spar load serves as the defining moment for our latest rate break, and the 737 team did it as planned, on schedule.
“We have more hard work ahead of us, but we are well on our way to another successful production rate increase,” she added.