Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced it will begin a phased approach to resuming production of commercial airplanes at its Puget Sound-region facilities, the company said.
Resumption will begin the week of April 20 after operations were suspended last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At all of its sites, the company has taken extra precautions and instituted comprehensive procedures to keep people safe and fight the spread of COVID-19.
Approximately 27,000 people in the Puget Sound area will return to production of the 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs, supporting critical global transportation infrastructure, cargo services and national defense and security missions. The 737 program will resume working toward restarting production of the 737 MAX. Boeing South Carolina remains in a suspension of operations at this time. Earlier this week Boeing restarted mostly defense production operations in the region with approximately 2,500 people.
Employees in the Puget Sound for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 will return in staggered shift times by April 24.
The company´s practices reinforce enhanced cleaning, employee health and physical distancing in partnership with employees. Aligned with federal and state guidance, these practices include:
Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance on COVID-19, assess impact on company operations and adjust plans as the situation evolves.