A employee walks close to a 747-Eight airplane on the Boeing manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash.David Ryder | Bloomberg | Getty PicturesBoeing
A employee walks close to a 747-Eight airplane on the Boeing manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash.
David Ryder | Bloomberg | Getty Pictures
Boeing is extending manufacturing shut down at its Seattle-area airplane factories “till additional discover” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate mentioned Sunday.
The producer final month mentioned it could pause manufacturing for 2 weeks on the amenities, the place it produces wide-body planes. It had already suspended manufacturing in January of the 737 Max, which has been grounded for greater than a 12 months after two deadly crashes.
“These actions are being taken in mild of the corporate’s persevering with concentrate on the well being and security of workers, present evaluation of the unfold of COVID-19 in Washington state, the reliability of the provision chain and extra suggestions from authorities well being authorities,” Boeing mentioned in a press release. The choice doesn’t impression work at its 787 amenities in South Carolina, a spokesman mentioned.
About 135 Boeing workers have examined optimistic for COVID-19, a Boeing spokesman mentioned. Boeing employs about 160,000 folks.
Coronavirus and harsh measures to cease it equivalent to journey bans and stay-at-home orders have roiled air journey demand. Airways are parking lots of of planes and deferring orders of latest jets, promising troublesome months forward for plane producers like Boeing and its European rival…