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Boeing to increase 737 production

Boeing Co. intends to ramp up production of its 737 jets.

The Chicago-based planemaker said Thursday it will increase production to 52 jets a month by 2018 to meet customer demand for its 737 jets. The company now makes 42 jets a month at its factory in Renton, Washington. Boeing had already announced a production target of 47 airplanes a month in 2017.

“This increase is a recognition of the teamwork that achieved record level production rates while improving safety, productivity and quality,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Strong efforts by Boeing employees, our suppliers and community support allow us to continue to build these fabulous airplanes in Renton for years to come.”

Boeing said it has more than 4,000 unfilled orders for 737 jets.