REPORT: Boeing to reopen some ops in Washington

Those called back will be deployed at company defence programs — including the Navy’s P-8 anti-submarine plane built in Renton and the Air Force KC-46 tanker built in Everett — as well as maintenance operations at Moses Lake in support of the grounded 737 MAXs stored there.

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A Boeing factory in Everett, Washington. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

Boeing to reopen some ops in Washington

The Seattle Times is reporting that Boeing told employees Friday afternoon (10 April) it will restart limited operations at a handful of its Washington state sites as early as Monday that had been shut down due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Those called back will be deployed at company defence programs — including the Navy’s P-8 anti-submarine plane built in Renton and the troubled Air Force KC-46 tanker built in Everett — as well as maintenance operations at Moses Lake in support of the grounded 737 MAXs stored there. Out of about 30,000 employees idled by the shutdown, Boeing will recall only about 2,500 employees. The company said it will provide the workers with personal protective equipment, including masks, and enforce social distancing measures.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Singapore. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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