Textron Aviation Hit With More Job Cuts

 - June 18, 2020, 6:17 PM

This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.

Textron is eliminating 1,950 positions in three business segments, including Textron Aviation, largely because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on Thursday afternoon.

A Textron Aviation spokeswoman referred questions about the contents of the filing to officials at parent Textron. She declined to specify how many jobs are affected at Textron Aviation’s Wichita headquarters and elsewhere. “We do not have any specific information to share at this time.”

Textron Aviation employs nearly 10,000 workers in Kansas—mostly between Wichita and Independence—and 12,500 companywide. “Textron Aviation continues to experience the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our business and the lives of our employees, our customers, and our communities,” the airframer said in a statement to AIN. “The company continues to closely monitor how the economic uncertainty will impact our business.”

The layoffs come on the heels of furloughs of thousands of workers at the OEM beginning in March that were later extended, as were shortened work weeks. It also laid off primarily 875 engineers and business support workers in December.

According to Textron’s SEC filing, jobs will also be eliminated at Textron Specialized Vehicles, which manufactures aircraft ground support equipment, and Tru Simulation + Training, where production will be suspended in Montreal on the manufacture of commercial air transport simulators.