Boeing to extend Seattle production suspension plan

 Monday, April 6, 2020 


Boeing has recently announced that that it will extend its temporary suspension of production in the Seattle-area until notified further. It was towards the end of March that the company announced that it would suspend all productions from the Seattle area for a temporary period of time amid the coronavirus pandemic.



The decision arrived after a Boeing employee passed away due to the COVID-19 disease. Facilities in the Puget Sound area and Moses Lake sites are also included in the suspension.  As the production suspension in Seattle is implemented, the company is continuing its efforts to implement health and safety measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.



Boeing has already planned a major deep cleaning of its facilities in Seattle. There is a visual cue for social distancing and additional thorough cleaning practices in production lines as well as common areas. The company also introduced precise criteria to support the health and safety of its staff so that employees can return to work on production lines. In addition, variable shift timings are being introduced so that the flow of employees coming in and out at a similar time is reduced.



Many employees are also being asked to work from home as and when possible. However, volunteers supporting essential work are still needed to report for operations. Stan Deal, President, and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said in a press statement that the company prioritizes the health and safety of its employees, their families, and communities above everything. He mentioned that Boeing will take this time to continue to listen to their incredible team and act according to the situation. He shared that the company would also assess applicable government direction to understand the rate of spread of the coronavirus in the community. He said that it would also be updated about the reliability of suppliers to ensure the company is ready for a safe and orderly return to operations.



The company is also is taking note of government guidance and orders. Although airlines have already started seeking to defer aircraft orders and the 737 MAX crisis remains a constant. As if now, no involuntary furloughs are announced and any such plan is unknown.



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