SEATTLE, WASHINGTONBoeing is planning to increase its 777F production from two to three aircraft per month from Jan.26 to meet soaring demand for air freighters.

Boeing had been producing five 777s per month before the pandemic. Then the company was forced to reduce its production rate in 2020 first to three and then to two due to the closures imposed to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Boeing delivered only 24 777s in 2021, but the manufacturer registered a record number of orders for its best-selling freighter during this period. It signed deals for 84 new cargo aircraft and contracts to convert more than 100 passenger aircraft to air freighters.

Boeing is also promoting the freighter version of its new 777X widebody passenger jet to allure more customers. The passenger variant of the aircraft is currently under testing for type certification.