Boeing suspends production at Puget Sound until further notice
Boeing announced on 5 April that it is extending the suspension of production in at its plants in the Puget Sound area and Moses Lake until further notice.
It previously confirmed a 14-day closure on 23 March to protect its employees from the coronavirus outbreak. Additional measures including the suspension of production at Ridley Township near Philadelphia were also confirmed on 3 April.
Stan Deal, CEO and President of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: ‘The health and safety of our employees, their families and our communities is our shared priority.’
‘We will take this time to… assess applicable government direction, the spread of the coronavirus in the community and the reliability of our suppliers to ensure we are ready for a safe and orderly return to operations.’
Whilst the Puget Sound facilities are mainly involved with airliner production, the announcement will affect the P-8 and KC-46 lines, which are based on commercial airframes and raises the likelihood that activities in Philadelphia (where the CH-47D and V-22 Osprey are manufactured) may also be under consideration.
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