Boeing to restart production at Washington state plant amid Covid-19 shutdown

Boeing said it would like to continue airplane creation at processing plants in Washington state ahead in a weeks time from now, its firm shut in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency, as the firm is reeling from both the pandemic aftermath and the continuous technical issues with its 737 Max. 

The company’s Puget Sound-zone offices north of Seattle could begin work back by April 20, Boeing said in an announcement on Thursday, giving nearly 27,000 workers back something to do in a few phases one week from now. 

The Creation of the 737, 747, 767 and 777 airplane will start first, making sure most worker return between April 20 and April 21, while workers constructing the 787 will return to work three days later.

Boeing shuttered its Washington plants indefinitely in late March over the coronavirus pandemic, putting thousands of staff out of work for over three weeks. The company later closed its South Carolina factory, suspending the majority of its commercial aircraft production, but has yet to announce plans to reopen that plant.
The problem-plagued 737 Max – grounded worldwide last year after a series of lethal crashes that left 346 people dead – is also set to resume production, despite reports this week that another 150 orders had been cancelled for the troubled airliner in March alone. A series of technical and safety issues have kept the Max grounded for months, despite repeated optimistic predictions from company executives that it would soon be back in the air.
Deliveries are down across the board for Boeing aircraft this year – largely thanks to the ongoing global pandemic, which has devastated demand for air travel  – with the company stating it delivered only 50 planes in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the 149 in the first quarter of last year. The health crisis has also forced Boeing to cut production output, some reports suggesting by up to 40 percent, and slash its workforce by some 10 percent. The aircraft manufacturer is now pursuing aid from the federal government, after requesting a $60 billion bailout for the aerospace industry at large.

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