Boeing completes first 777 built at increased production rates

Boeing has rolled out the first 777 airliner built at the increased production rate of 8.3 planes per month, the company said Thursday.

The plane, a freighter, will be delivered to Korean Air in February.

Increased production began in October when the first parts entered Boeing’s Everett, Wash., plant, it said.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita produces parts of the 777 and has increased production to meet Boeing’s increased rates.

In the last 31 months, Boeing has increased 777 production twice — from five to seven plans per month in 2011, and now to a record high of 8.3 per month, the company said.