Boeing has announced that it will temporarily suspend production in the ‘Puget Sound’ area, including Seattle and Everett, as well as in Moses Lake, Washington state.
This comes after the news that a worker from Boeing’s Everett facility, who was an inspector at the Boeing 787 program, died of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). According to the Seattle Times, there are 32 confirmed cases of the virus among Boeing’s workforce, as of Monday.
The aircraft manufacturer will close its facilities in the area, starting on Wednesday and lasting for 14 days.
Employees who can work from home will continue to do so, other workers would only receive ‘paid leave’ for the first ten days of the suspension, according to the company.
Boeing says it it working on minimizing the impact on the delivery of products to its customers, especially for defence and space.
Meanwhile, European competitor Airbus is restarting production in France and Spain, after a four-day halt to implement new health and safety measures intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus in Europe.
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Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.