Boeing halts all jet manufacturing with last plant closing

Boeing | April 07, 2020

Boeing halts all jet manufacturing with last plant closing
Boeing Co. is suspending work at its 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina, temporarily shutting down its last commercial-jet factory still operating amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Manufacturing at the factory will stop late April 8, the Chicago planemaker said in a statement Monday. The company said Sunday that its Seattle-area manufacturing hub would remain closed indefinitely, as state health officials struggle to contain the virus and suppliers show signs of stress. The pandemic injects additional uncertainty into Boeing’s production plans for the 787, which along with the 737 Max has been a critical source of cash. Demand for long-haul travel has cratered as airlines park fleets, and analysts widely expect Boeing to slash Dreamliner output when work eventually resumes. The Max, Boeing’s best-selling jet, has been grounded more than a year after two deadly crashes.

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