Reuters reported that aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing were looking for drastic cuts in production on their planes amid this severe drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In relation to this, Boeing has decided to suspend its production during the crisis. The announcement came shortly after the Governor of the State of California issued a statement directing residents to stay in their homes, except for special cases. As a consequence, the production of the 787 Dreamliner will remain on standby until further notice.
Boeing reported that “during the suspension of the 787 we will continue to carry out clean-up activities at the site and monitor the global supply chain as the situation evolves.” Likewise, workers who cannot carry out their activities remotely will receive a paid leave during the working days of the suspension.
For its part, Airbus will stop the production of its aircraft until April 29 at its only assembly plant within the United States, from which the A220 and A320 models, the best sellers of the European manufacturer, come out. Similarly, its two production centers in Germany will be temporarily detained.
Airbus assures that the decision has been made to face the coronavirus pandemic and in response to the recommendations of the different local authorities.
Due to this, the deliveries of long-range jets such as the Boeing 777 or 787 and the Airbus A350 or A330 have also been affected, which have suffered a particularly hard blow in their production, as the airlines seek deferrals and many withhold payments in advance.
However, both Airbus and Boeing remain true to their commitments to their customers.