Boeing to raise 737 production to 38 a month

Boeing Co. says it will increase production of its workhorse 737 to 38 per month.

Boeing currently makes the planes at a rate of just over one a day and was planning to speed that up.

The company said on it will make 38 of the planes every month by the second quarter of 2013 because of strong customer demand.

Just a few weeks ago a Boeing executive said the company was thinking about making as many as 40 of the planes per month. On Thursday, Boeing spokesman Jim Proulx said there is still upward pressure on the production rate.

Boeing has orders for more than 2,000 of the planes, which it makes in larger number than any of its other commercial jets.

Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems makes the 737 fuselage and other components.