SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co is pushing to speed up assembly of its best-selling 737 jetliner in early summer, two people familiar with the plan said on Monday, as it tries to keep up with soaring global demand and its European rival.
Boeing aims to begin assembling 57 single-aisle jets per month starting on June 3, up from the current rate of 52, said one of the people.
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The goal is contingent on the world’s largest planemaker overcoming persistent supplier delays on engines and other issues that have hobbled the 737 factory to varying degrees since last summer, though Boeing says it is making progress.
The extra five planes a month is key to Boeing’s effort to raise profit margins on its top-selling jetliner, the company’s largest source of profit. The more planes Boeing makes a month, the less it usually pays suppliers for the parts.
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It may take some time for new jetliners, which carry a list price of $100 million, to work their way through final testing and delivery, when an airline hands over the bulk of the money for a plane it ordered.
Boeing has said it would increase production later this year but has not...
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