Boeing to Resume Making Jetliners Next Week in Seattle-Area Hub
(Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. is restarting jetliner manufacturing in the Seattle area next week, ending a shutdown that began last month because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
About 27,000 people will return to producing twin-aisle jets such as the 747 and 777 as soon as April 20, the company said in a statement Thursday. Boeing will also restart efforts to resume output of the 737 Max, which was halted in January. The Max has been grounded for more than a year after two deadly crashes.
Boeing is adopting a phased approach to getting the factories back on track, with staggered shift times. It will also require face coverings and use floor markings and signs to create physical distance. The company will provide protective gear for employees where distance can’t be maintained.
“This phased approach ensures we have a reliable supply base, our personal protective equipment is readily available and we have all of the necessary safety measures in place to resume essential work for our customers,” said Stan Deal, head of the company’s jetliner division.
Boeing jumped 6.5% to $143 after the close of regular trading in New York.
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