The Boeing 737 can't be produced at faster rates because of supply chain constraintsAs demand remains enormous even as ticket prices and fuel costs rise, aircraft manufacturer Boeing is looking to increase its monthly production of the 737 model airplane from 31 to 35. The company would like to produce even more, but is limited by the constraints of its supply chain.

According to Boeing CEO and president James McNerny, market research indicates that there is a clear upside to increased 737 production, but "the supply chain is the key question."

"If the supply chain is committed and capable [to build more 737s] you will see further movement," he added.

Boeing's suppliers face a number of issues in attempting to ramp up production of the commercial aircraft. Some would need to invest in more tools or larger facilities, others would need more training for employees and others would require new or edited contracts with the company.

Boeing's supply chain was further complicated earlier this year after one of its Japanese suppliers, Koito, admitted it had fabricated test results on as many as 150,000 seats on 1,000 aircraft.

The Boeing 737 has sold more than 5,000 units, making it the most popular commercial passenger jet airliner of all time.
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