Boeing delivers first 777 produced at increased rate

Boeing has delivered the first 777 airplane at an increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 airplanes a year, the company said.

The plane, a 777 Freighter, was delivered to Korean Air.

In the past 32 months, production rates on the 777 have increased twice. Rates rose from five to seven per month in 2011 before increasing to a record 8.3 per month.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the nose section and nacelles of the 777. Its Tulsa plant builds the wing’s leading edges.

Spirit increased increased production on the plane to meet Boeing’s demand.

Through the end of January, Boeing has delivered 1,072 777s. The company has taken orders for 1,451 777s from 66 customers.