Coronavirus: Boeing to cut 15,000 jobs in ‘body blow’

Boeing intends to cut 10% of their workforce, saying the Covid-19 pandemic had delivered it a “body blow”.

Coronavirus Boeing to cut 15,000 jobs

The battling US plane maker employs 150,000 people worldwide and it was already pressurized after having to ground its 737 Max planes following two fatal crashes.

The coronavirus outbreak has brought to some collapse in airline travel.

BA stated it’ll cut 12,000 jobs while Airbus known as it the “gravest crisis” the has “seen”.

Boeing’s leader Dave Calhoun stated inside a memo to staff the pandemic is “delivering an appearance blow to the business” and interest in commercial air travel travel “has fallen off a high cliff”.

He cautioned: “The aviation industry will require years to go back to the amount of traffic we had only a couple of several weeks ago.”

While 10% of jobs is going to be cut across the organization, Boeing accepted that reductions could be steeper in certain departments, for example its commercial airlines business.

‘Heartless decision’

The 2009 week, British Airways revealed its very own redundancy plan that has been branded as “a heartless decision currently of national crisis” through the union Unite.

Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey stated the announcement “is going to be felt because the stab within the back it unquestionably is as simple as the close-knit BA family”.

But BA’s leader Alex Cruz stated: “The size of the challenge requires substantial change.”

Guillaume Faury, in charge of Boeing-rival Airbus, stated on Wednesday: “We’re now in the middle of the gravest crisis the aerospace industry has seen.”

Airbus reported a €481m (£413m) reduction in the 3 several weeks to March, over a €40m profit within the first quarter this past year, on sales lower 15% at €10.6bn.

Boeing also announced an initial quarter pre-tax loss, of $1.5bn over a $2.3bn pre-tax profit this past year. Sales dropped 26% to $17bn.

Mr Calhoun stated Boeing is targeting its 737 Max aircraft to start flying again this season.

The jet was grounded globally at least a year ago following two plane crashes within five several weeks which claimed the lives of 346 people.

Boeing’s results also says the organization burned through $4.3bn in cash throughout the first quarter.

In the weekend, Boeing ended talks with Embraer about purchasing the Brazilian company’s regional air travel business for $4.2bn.

Embraer claimed that Boeing had “manufactured false claims like a pretext to find to prevent its commitments to shut the transaction and pay Embraer the $4.2bn purchase cost.

But Mr Calhoun stated that whenever 2 yrs of talks “we’d arrived at a place where ongoing settlement wasn’t any longer useful”.