13 APRIL 2020


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Article from BTNews 13 APRIL 2020

Boeing's mixed messages

Within days of Boeing announcing extended shutdown at its plants on Puget Sound and Renton in the Seattle area, and also the South Carolina 787 facility, it seems to have had a change of mind.

Today (13 April) out of about 30,000 employees idled by the shutdown, the Chicago headquartered company will recall just about 2,500 employees, The Seattle Times reported.   The company said it will provide the workers with personal protective equipment and enforce social distancing measures.

Those called back will be deployed on the company’s defence programmes – including the Navy’s P-8 anti-submarine plane built in Renton and the Air Force KC-46 tanker (military 767) built in Everett – as well as maintenance operations at Moses Lake in support of the grounded 737 MAXs stored there.

In a message to employees, Boeing said that some other “essential labs and support teams will also resume to support critical customer needs.”

Also shut is the UK facility at Sheffield.


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