BUSINESS Boeing continues production despite coronavirus spread


Boeing continues production despite coronavirus spread


04:27, March 18, 2020


The 9999th Boeing 737-800 aircraft prepares to take off from the company's Seattle airfield in the state of Washington, the United States, March 24, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 (Xinhua) -- US airplane giant Boeing Company is continuing production under government guidelines despite the spread of the coronavirus.

"Some Boeing sites were already partially or fully operating under these guidelines in accordance with local or national government mandates," Boeing said in a statement released this week. "We're leveraging all resources to sustain our operations during this difficult time."

According to the statement, the company has enhanced cleaning procedures in workspaces and updated guidance directing employees who work from home to effectively telecommute. "We're assessing the safety of all of our sites and their alignment with local, state and national government guidance as we continuously monitor this evolving situation."

America's aerospace industry which supports over 2.5 million jobs and 17,000 suppliers is facing urgent challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the statement said, adding that Boeing believes "the long term outlook for the industry is still strong."

"Until global passenger traffic resumes to normal levels, we're taking steps to manage the pressure on our business," it said.

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