The Boeing Co. won orders for 30 737 jets, bolstering a decision to raise production as airlines recover from the recession and add to the planemaker’s five-year backlog for the model.
Boeing declined to identify the buyer. The orders were announced in Thursday’s weekly update on the Chicago-based company’s website. The purchase, valued at $2.1 billion at average list prices, follows an order for 40 737s a week ago. It brings the overall tally this year to 422, almost three times the number ordered in all of 2009.
Boeing plans to boost production of the 737 by more than 20 percent over the span of a year, to a rate of 38 of the single-aisle planes a month by mid-2013. The plane, built in Renton, is the most widely flown model in the world, used mostly for short-haul routes.