Jared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1610 times:
SEPTEMBER 18, 20:29 EDT
Boeing Expected to Announce Layoffs
By KATIE PFLEGER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) β Boeing is planning to lay off 20 to 30 percent of its commercial airline work force β roughly 31,000 people β as a result of the terrorists attacks, a congressional source said Tuesday.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the company would make the announcement Wednesday. The company would not be announcing specific locations for the layoffs, but was telling lawmakers they are expected to be implemented by early 2002.
A Boeing spokesman would not comment Tuesday night.
Roughly 93,000 people work for Boeings' commercial airline sector, much of which is centered around the company's former headquarters in Seattle.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1564 times:
I sure hope Boeing knows what it's doing. Sounds like drastic measures to me. If we're going into a long-term war soon, Boeing will needs those workers to build C-17s, fighters, and anything else you can think of. And not at a peacetime production rate either. The US war machine will need these equipments fast. Just my two cents worth. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6404 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
Sounds to me that the airlines have contacted Boeing to defer orders of aircraft that have not yet begun production and defer delivery of those in assembly now. No great surprise to me. Boeing and Airbus are both in for a tough time for a quite a while in the civil market.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
Boeing Responds to Current Business Environment
Taking rapid action to respond to the current airline industry crisis
Working with the U.S. government to develop safe and secure air transport system
Leveraging strong technological capabilities in defense and space to support the U.S. government
CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2001 - Boeing is taking a series of actions to address the changed business environment in light of last week's terrorist attacks against the United States.
Given the impacts of the horrific attacks of September 11, and the resulting capacity reductions now anticipated by its airline customers, Boeing's Commercial Airplanes unit is setting in place plans to reduce its employment by approximately 20,000 to 30,000 people by the end of 2002. This includes a reduction in force in related support personnel at Boeing's Shared Services Group.
"We profoundly regret that these actions will impact the lives of so many of our highly-valued employees," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "However, it is critical that we take these necessary steps now to size the Commercial Airplanes business to support the difficult and uncertain environment faced by our airline customers."
Revised delivery projections for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which are assessments based on an uncertain future and depend upon customer business decisions, are as follows: Deliveries for 2001, which had been expected to be 538 aircraft, could be as low as 500 depending on customer ability to take delivery in the near term. For 2002, deliveries are estimated to be in the low 400s, compared to the 510 to 520 previously forecast. Current estimates for 2003 indicate a downward delivery trend will continue. Boeing will add further clarity about 2003 as it gains insight into the market's direction. These estimates are in line with the initial 20 percent capacity reduction projections provided by U.S. carriers and its assessment of world airline traffic trends.
The company is working closely with the government on improving air transport safety and security. It has also launched an internal initiative under the direction of its chief technology officer to solicit and review ideas from Boeing engineers for improving these areas. At the same time, the company is working to apply its extensive capabilities in intelligence gathering, communications and space, as well as military aircraft and missiles, in the war against terrorism.
"The company is ready to apply all of its wide-ranging technological resources in stepping up to the challenges created by these tragic events," said Boeing chairman and CEO Phil Condit. "We are making tough business decisions and working closely with our commercial and government customers to rebuild public confidence in a safe and secure U.S. air transport system."
"These actions will also enhance the company's ability to maintain its solid financial position, strong liquidity and premier debt ratings. These are critical factors in times of business uncertainty and financial stress," Condit said.
Forward-Looking Information Is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty
Certain statements in this release contain "forward-looking" information that involves risk and uncertainty, including projections for deliveries and employment. This forward-looking information is based upon a number of assumptions, including assumptions regarding the global economic environment, passenger and freight demand, demand for the Company's products and services; customer financing; customer, supplier and subcontractor performance; customer model selections; favorable outcomes of certain pending sales campaigns; U. S. and foreign government actions; supplier contract negotiations; price escalation; government policies and actions; and successful negotiation of contracts with the Company's labor unions. Actual future results and trends may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including production rates, timing of product deliveries and launches, supplier contract negotiations, asset management plans, procurement plans, the actual outcomes of certain pending sales campaigns; U. S. and foreign government activities; volatility of the market for the Company's products and services; domestic and international competition in the Company's businesses, collective bargaining labor disputes; performance issues with key suppliers, subcontractors and customers; factors that result in significant and prolonged disruption to air travel worldwide; worldwide political stability; domestic and international economic conditions and other economic, political and technological risks and uncertainties. Additional information regarding these factors is contained in the Company's SEC filings, including, without limitation, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10βK for the year ended December 31, 2000 and the 10Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2001 and June 30, 2001.
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