Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun issued the following letter to employees today outlining the company’s voluntary plan to respond to current market conditions:
Across Boeing, we’re focused on keeping one another and our communities safe as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches every corner of the globe. Our first priority is and will continue to be protecting the health and safety of our people, their families and the stakeholders we touch. We’re assessing and enhancing the safety of every one of our sites on a daily basis.
We’re also doing everything we can to protect the future of our business. That means continuing to deliver for our commercial and services customers, even as their own businesses slow to a trickle. It means working hard to meet commitments to our defense and space customers. And it means maintaining the stability of our supply chain so we’re ready to ramp up again when the pandemic is over.
Most importantly, it means doing everything possible to keep this team intact. We can’t get back to regular operations again after the crisis if we don’t have the people and skills to make that happen.
But one thing is already clear: It will take time for the aerospace industry to recover from the crisis. When the world emerges from the pandemic, the size of the commercial market and the types of products and services our customers want and need will likely be different. We will need to balance the supply and demand accordingly as the industry goes through the recovery process for years to come.
It’s important we start adjusting to our new reality now.
We want to address it through natural turnover and voluntary employment actions to the extent we responsibly can. To that end, we are initiating a voluntary layoff (VLO) plan that allows eligible employees who want to exit the company to do so with a pay and benefits package. This move aims to reduce the need for other workforce actions.
Of course, as we do this, we’ll continue to recruit in certain areas to ensure we’re able to meet our customer commitments now and in the future. And our businesses and functions will continue adjusting to the changing size and needs of our markets as they always do.