Speeding the production line for Boeing's popular 737 airliner will bring 1,200 new jobs to Renton in the next two years, the company said.
Boeing builds the 737 in its Renton plant. It now makes 31.5 of the twin-engine planes each month. It plans to increase that production to 35 and then to 38 per month. The plant has the capacity to produce more than 40 planes a month if orders merit, the company has said.
The 737 is the world’s most popular jet airliner with 8,824 orders through the end of January. Of those, 2,164 orders, more than five years’ production at 35 a month, remain unfilled.
In addition to the civilian 737s, Boeing is building a militarized version of the 737 at the Renton plant. That version is equipped with sensors and weaponry to detect and destroy submarines. Both the U.S. and India have ordered that plane.