Boeing’s announcement on January 9 that it planned to lay off some 4,500 employees within its Commercial Airplanes business starting in April might not have come as a surprise given the economic depths to which the airline business expects to sink this year.
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It seemed unlikely that tightening credit wouldn’t trigger more order cancellations or delivery deferrals among the world’s airlines, so even though the top manufacturers seem to have escaped the early stages of the crisis relatively unscathed, many predict a pronounced drop in financial support by the second half of this year.
Boeing last month said it plans to slash employment at its Commercial Airplanes business by some 4,500 positions this year “as part of an effort to ensure competitiveness and control costs in the face of a weakening global economy.” The cuts lower Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ employment total to approximately 63,500, roughly the level at which it began at the start of last year.
GE Aviation is transferring responsibility for GE CF34-3 engine parts to Boeing subsidiary Aviall Services. Under the exclusive distributor agreement signed by GE Aviation and Aviall Services, Aviall will be responsible for forecasting, ordering and delivering all genuine OEM replacement parts that are unique to CF34-3 engines.
Boeing said today that it expects to slash employment at its Commercial Airplanes business by some 4,500 positions this year “as part of an effort to ensure competitiveness and control costs in the face of a weakening global economy.” The cuts lower Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ employment total to roughly 63,500, approximately the level at which it began at the start of last year.
In 36 years of cooperation between China and the U.S., few brands have come to epitomize the relationship quite like Boeing. In 1972, then-U.S. President Richard Nixon made his ice-breaking visit to China on a Boeing 707. That year China purchased 10 Boeing 707s, ending the monopoly of Soviet-made civil aircraft in China’s skies.
Boeing engineers and technical workers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) yesterday voted to approve a pair of new four-year contracts.
Boeing has revealed just how dominant the Middle East is in its executive aircraft order book. If the fact that 33 percent of Boeing’s total orders is emanating from the region is not impressive enough, how about the U.S.
World financial markets continued their downward slide yesterday amid fresh worries that declining corporate earnings could further soften the used jet market and adversely impact future deliveries of new business airplanes.
As if there hasn’t already been enough bad financial news, reports from UBS Investment Research and JPMorgan indicate that pre-owned business jet inventories continued to increase in August, leading both firms to warn that deliveries of new aircraft could fall as a result.