Boeing projected a 6% increase in 2013 commercial jet deliveries of 635-645 following a better-than-predicted finish of 601 aircraft delivered in 2012. The center of the improved rate will be the 737NG series, which this week increased output by three aircraft to 38 per month and by early next year is expected to reach a build rate of 42 aircraft per month.
Projections for 787 deliveries are relatively modest at a minimum 60 aircraft, 14 more than in 2012. McNerney said the aircraft’s grounding, which has put a stop to deliveries, will not slow current production. Suppliers have not been asked to halt deliveries.