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Boeing Chasing Growth Weighs 43% Output Boost for 737 Planes

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Boeing Co. is considering a longer-term production boost of as much as 43 percent for its 737 jet, a step toward generating more cash from the world’s most widely flown airliner.

The assembly tempo for the 737 has quickened as Boeing whittles down a backlog of 4,201 orders for the 737, which competes against Airbus Group NV’s A320 in the biggest segment of the global airline market. Airbus is studying a 60-a-month pace for the A320, and Boeing said Tuesday it may follow suit if there’s enough demand after two other planned rate increases.