Boeing Downsizing Its Flight Department

 - March 23, 2007, 12:06 PM

Boeing is cutting its corporate flight department to about half the number of aircraft it previously operated, reducing overall employment levels and closing satellite bases. A spokesman at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago told AIN that the company has sold or is selling two helicopters and five corporate jets, including one of its Boeing Business Jets. “We will continue to operate one BBJ,” the spokesman said. “We are committed [to the BBJ] both from a marketing and sales perspective and from an operations perspective.” The spokesmen also told AIN that the company will be adding two new Challenger 604s. When the changes are made, the total corporate fleet will consist of five Challenger 604s and a BBJ. Meanwhile, Boeing is consolidating its executive aircraft operations at its facility at Gary/Chicago Airport in Gary, Ind., and closing bases in Long Beach, Calif.; St. Louis and Seattle.