Boeing's delivery slots sold out for 2012

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Boeing CEO Jim McNerney says the airframer's delivery slots for 2012 are "effectively sold out".

McNerney made that declaration during a 20 May investor conference, three days after Boeing announced plans to raise output of its 737 family from 31.5 to 34 aircraft per month beginning in early 2012.

The company recently unveiled plans to raise 777 production to seven aircraft per month in 2011 ahead of achieving a targeted build rate of 10 787s per month by 2013.

Boeing remains committed to delivering the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways later this year.

The airframer is sticking to previously stated delivery estimates of 460-465 aircraft for 2010, and commercial airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh says Boeing should release its order forecast next month.

Albaugh says Boeing hopes to match Airbus in deliveries in 2011, and "certainly in 2012", and plans to overtake the European airframer as 787 production ramps up.