2008 was a bad year for the travel industry, and apparently 2009 will be even worse. Boeing, one of the two biggest jetliner manufacturer will start the year 2009 with a tough cut of about 4,500 positions due to the decreasing number of orders from airlines.
This number is about 3% of the total workforce at Boeing. Most of the cuts will occur in Washington state in April-May. Before that Boeing plans to notify the affected employees starting at the end of February.
Boeing announced the job cuts after a long strike that further delayed the first flights of the new Boeing 787. The huge delay in the B 787 programme is definately harmful for the company and it is probably one of the main reasons the manufacturer’s orders decreased. As AirlineWorld Blog reported earlier, Boeing announced the first delay in 2007. According to the original plans, the first Dreamliners should have been delivered to Japanese carrier ANA before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Read full story on Boeing’s website.
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