Enhanced health and safety procedures for employees at facilities
Employees who can telecommute continue to work from home
Seattle, Washington | April 16, 2020- Boeing will resume all Commercial Airplanes production in a phased approach at its Puget Sound-region facilities next week, after suspending operations 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.”The health and safety of our employees, their families and communities is our shared priority,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and senior executive in the Pacific Northwest. “This phased approach ensures we have a reliable supply base, our personal protective equipment is readily available and we have all of the necessary safety measures in place to resume essential work for our customers.”

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 and 777 will return as early as third shift on April 20 with most returning to work by April 21.  Employees for the 787 program will return as early as third shift April 23, with most returning to work 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:

  • Staggered shift start times to reduce the flow of employees arriving and departing work
  • Visual controls such as floor markings and signage to create physical distance
  • Face coverings will be a requirement for employees at Boeing sites in Washington. Employees are strongly encouraged to bring in their own procedural mask or face covering; those who do not have a mask available will be provided with one.
  • Providing required personal protective equipment to employees working in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained for an extended period
  • Asking employees to perform self-health checks before coming to work and to stay home if they are ill
  • Employee wellness checks at the beginning of every shift and voluntary temperature screening at many manufacturing locations
  • Contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19 to reduce risk to teammates
  • Continued virtual meetings and employees who can work from home will continue to do
  • Transportation and common areas adjusted for physical distancing
  • Hand-washing stations in high-traffic areas and additional cleaning supplies available

Enhanced measures will continue until conditions allow for a return to regular work and cleaning processes. Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance on COVID-19, assess impact on company operations and adjust plans as the situation evolves.

Chicago, IL | July 15, 2016– The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today celebrates 100 years since its founding on July 15, 1916, marking a legacy of connecting and protecting people and nations, exploring Earth and space, and inspiring dreamers and doers alike through its products and services.

Since starting out as a builder of wood and fabric floatplanes in a Seattle boathouse, Boeing has become the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

“The innovative spirit of our founder Bill Boeing — who 100 years ago today dedicated this company to building something better — is alive in the generations of our people who continue to deliver products and services that matter and positively change lives around the world,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. “As we embark on our second century, our commitment to excellence is stronger than ever, our potential for achievement is as great as it was for our founders, and our goals must be even more bold, visionary and inspiring.”

Boeing employees, customers, communities and fans around the globe are joining together to celebrate the company’s centennial and imagine the technological breakthroughs and innovations yet to come.

Among the ways Boeing is entering its second century:

  • 100 Days of Learning: Kicking off today, this educational campaign aims to inspire the next generation of aerospace visionaries by providing teachers and students with free education resources that were co-created by Boeing engineers and leading educational content providers. (http://www.boeing.com/principles/education/100-days.page)
  • Aircraft display: A lineup of Boeing’s famous 7-series airplanes and a static display of historic aircraft will be part of the Founders Day weekend celebration for employees in Puget Sound, near the company’s birthplace. Other highlights include a light show projected on the body of a 747 and a festival at the Museum of Flight.
  • Above and Beyond: The global interactive flight and space education exhibition opens today in Nagoya, Japan, joining London and Seattle for concurrent engagements; since launching in July 2015, the exhibit has had nearly 3 million visitors. (http://aboveandbeyondexhibition.com)
  • Age of Aerospace: The documentary series chronicles aerospace history through the evolution of Boeing and its heritage companies. Broadcast around the world and available in 18 languages, the series debuts today for the first time in France on Aerostar TV. (http://theageofaerospace.com)
  • Centennial Experience pavilion: A special exhibition telling the innovation story of Boeing’s past, present and future is open to the public at the Farnborough International Airshow this weekend outside London.
  • Innovations app: The Boeing Innovations app, available in iTunes and Google Play, features Boeing products with interactive, 3-D models.
  • NYSE bell ringing: Twenty employees will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. They represent the multiple generations of families who have worked at the company over the years.

To learn more about these activities, Boeing’s centennial and ways to join in the celebration, visit Boeing100.com and search #Boeing100 on Twitter.

Boeing today represents a number of major companies that have merged over the past century, including McDonnell Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, North American Aviation/Rockwell, Piasecki/Vertol, Howard Hughes’ helicopter and space companies, Stearman and The Boeing Company.

The legacy of those great aerospace companies reflects products such as the 7-series jets, including the first successful commercial jetliner, the 707; the Douglas DC jets, Douglas World Cruiser, C-47 Skytrain and A-4 Skyhawk; the North American B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre Jet, F-100 Super Sabre, B-1B Lancer and X-15; the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II, McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, C-17 Globemaster III and F/A-18 Hornet; the CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Apache and V-22 Osprey; the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, B-47 Stratojet, B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker; the Saturn and Delta rockets and Gemini, Mercury, Apollo, Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

As the United States’ biggest manufacturing exporter, Boeing supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs approximately 160,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. The company also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide. Total company revenues for 2015 were $96 billion.

Something is going on in Seattle. Sure, Boeing stock has dropped some 5% because of recent announcements of reduced earnings, reduced commercial aircraft production as a result of sluggish demand, and finally, proposed reductions in military spending by the Obama administration. The airline traffic decline will not rebound as easily as in the past. Further, when the turnaround does occur, oil prices and the cost of money will not aid the planemakers rebound. Internet blogs have their way with the Chicago aerospace manufacturers’ management while Airbus seems to plow ahead with the A350. Even the military tanker program is threatened with program bifurcation…GE’s boss, Immelt, is recommending two manufacturers. Is there an end to this negative energy? Nope!

Last week, warned of reduced first quarter earnings in 2009, while announcing reduced production of the B777 to 5 aircraft per month from 7 beginning next year. They will also cancel a planned modest rate increase of the B747-8 and B767. The B737 rates remain unchanged for now, but as Embraer and Bombardier eat into the shorter haul, single-asile plane market, those rates may be in jeopardy. Finally, we have a Aviation statewide council being formed at the gubernatorial level – why – to keep Boeing in the State of Washington. Surely there is something a foot and an evaluation of the sales declines and existent costs, Chicago decision makers are surely looking at other venues for cost reductions. But what does all this mean for InFlight Entertainment?

If Boeing plans production cuts of some 24 B777s (perhaps, two thirds of those were passenger versions), that would reduce 18 B777’s so equipped. Each B777 might have a total of ~$3M of IFE inboard and that would total approx. $63M. Also, there is often a corresponding fleet retrofit program that accompanies new airplane deliveries to maintain fleet commonality. Depending upon who the B777 customers are, their retrofits might either be cancelled on slid to the right. Let’s guess this means another 9 aircraft retrofits are lost so that would total about $32M. All told $95M lost not including any B767/B747-8 cuts. Hmm… sounds like IFE just took about a 5% sales hit… and that doesn’t include fleet retrofits not driven by new aircraft sales. It has long been the case, that the economy drives aircraft sales with a lag that ranges from six months to one year. That change trickles down to changes in IFE sales some one year to eighteen months down the road. If we add Airbus impacts, these numbers could easily double. Hang on IFE and stay tuned.