Customers are demanding our Next-Generation 737 at an unprecedented rate, Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said in a statement. New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers.
The world's second-largest plane-maker after EADS
Boeing currently has 2,101 unfilled orders for 737 models, according to its website. The company has taken a net total of 65 orders for the plane this year.
Boeing is deciding whether to redesign its 737 or put a more fuel-efficient engine in the current design. A redesign would take longer but would save more fuel for budget-conscious airlines.
Airbus has said it would put a new engine in its competing A320 narrow-body. Airbus expects its sales to be boosted by the planned revamp.
Boeing's shares were up 60 cents at $75.25 in morning trading.
(Reporting by Kyle Peterson, editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Maureen Bavdek)