Late on Sunday, the 5th of March 2020, Boeing Co., the Chicago, Illinois-based American multinational low-cost aircraft carrier manufacturer which had lost its aviation industry crown to Europe’s Airbus SE last year following a mass grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX jets, said in a statement that the world’s second-largest planemaker had been exploring an option to extend the cancellation of its production lines at the Washington state facilities for an indefinite period of time given the extent of uncertainties whirling around the timeline of the ongoing pandemic.
In point of fact, latest announcement from the United States’ No. 1 planemaker comes over the heels of its March 23th statement, while the planemaker was quoted saying that it was halting production at its Washington state twin-aisle jet lines factory at a momentary basis in order to comply with the US Government’s partial lockdown measures aimed at containing the pandemic.
Meanwhile, as Boeing Co. was preparing to keep at least 30,000 of its Washington workers at unpaid leaves following a one-time doubled up pay offs for ten days of paid leaves as early as this week, citing its workers’ safety issues amid the pandemic, Boeing said in a statement on Sunday, “The actions were being taken in light of the company’s continuing focus on the health and safety of employees, current assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state, the reliability of the supply chain and additional recommendations from government health authorities. ”