Boeing On Monday, it was announced that all 787 operations at its South Carolina facility will be shut down at home following a governor's order to cease all of the company's commercial aircraft production.
The closure will begin at the end of the second shift on April 8th. Boeing announced the production suspension on the same day that it was confirmed that the Starliner capsule orbital flight test would be rerun after a partial failure of this mission late last year. The test aims to demonstrate the Starliner's launch, flight, docking and landing skills before flying a version of the mission with actual astronauts on board.
"We are committed to focusing on the health and safety of our teammates while evaluating the spread of the virus across the state, its impact on the reliability of our global supply chain, and its impact on the 787 program," said Brad Zaback, Vice President and general manager of the 787 program and BSC site manager said in a statement.
Boeing has already discontinued operations at its facilities in the Seattle region. Boeing said on Sunday that it would continue to discontinue production at Puget Sound and Moses Lake in Washington. The company said it had extended the closure due to the spread of COVID-19 in Washington and the reliability of the supply chain.
Boeing has not specified a date on which production of the 787 aircraft will resume or guidelines for other activities in the United States will be provided.
Boeing South Carolina (BSC) plant employees who can work remotely will continue to do so, the company said. Those who cannot get paid vacation 10 working days after the suspension. Boeing said this was twice as long as its corporate policy. If the closure continues, employees can choose to use a combination of paid free time or unemployment benefit applications.