This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Embraer is extending its paid leave for employees involved in non-essential activities through April 9 but is resuming operations such as customer support, aircraft maintenance, and manufacturing. During the plant shutdown that began last week, company managers outlined priority services that should continue during the global crisis and are recalling workers in those areas, the Brazilian manufacturer said on Monday.
As such, about 1,000 employees, or about 10 percent of the local workforces, are returning to work in Embraer’s Faria Lima and Eugênio de Melo facilities, both in São José Campos on April 1.
The company further had used the time during the temporary shutdown to adapt workstations and common areas for social distancing, intensify cleaning procedures and build in other precautions and preventative actions, Embraer added. All employees able to work remotely are continuing to do so. With a built-in holiday, employees on paid leave are slated to return on April 13.
In addition, Embraer has formed a working group for its efforts to assist with medical equipment and solutions during the Covid-19 crisis, including manufacturing parts for the respirator industry.
Overall, Embraer is monitoring the current situation and said it would adjust as needed.