Boeing is to resume aircraft construction at Puget Sound after suspending operations last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Puget Sound area includes facilities where the 737 based P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the UK and other nations are being produced.
“The health and safety of our employees, their families and communities is our shared priority,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and senior executive in the Pacific Northwest.
“This phased approach ensures we have a reliable supply base, our personal protective equipment is readily available and we have all of the necessary safety measures in place to resume essential work for our customers.”
Boeing had already restarted most defence production operations in the region with approximately 2,500 people.
“Employees in the Puget Sound for the 737, 747, 767 and 777 will return as early as third shift on April 20 with most returning to work by April 21. Employees for the 787 program will return as early as third shift April 23, with most returning to work by April 24.”