Boeing stated Sunday it could extend the suspension of production at its Washington state plants until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The largest U.S. plane manufacturer stated March 23, and it would halt manufacturing at its Washington state twin-aisle jetliner manufacturing unit as a temporary measure to help combat the pandemic of the respiratory illness. Manufacturing had been expected to renew early this week.
Boeing will cease paying about 30,000 production staff this week in Washington state after it previously doubled to 10 days the amount of paid leave it gave to manufacturing workers after the suspension.
Boeing stated Sunday some 135 members of its 160,000-person world workforce had tested positive for COVID-19.
Boeing had 95 employees who tested positive for the respiratory disease in Washington state, up from 54 a week earlier.
During the suspension, Boeing will implement additional health and safety measures, along with “new visual cues to encourage physical distancing,” more frequent cleansing of work and common areas and staggered shift times.
Boeing’s airline clients have deferred taking new planes and making pre-delivery downpayments, compounding a crisis over the year-old grounding of Boeing’s previously fast-selling 737 MAX jetliner after two deadly accidents. Boeing paused 737 production in January.