Production delays caused by shortages of engines and fuselages have seen Boeing re-hire retired mechanics and inspectors. The move comes only months after the aircraft manufacturer saw an increase in production. The outlook isn’t certain, but Boeing is doing all it can to make its delivery quotas.
Delays at Boeing’s Renton, Washington, plant have prompted the aircraft manufacturer to re-hire retired staff, an official from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) told Reuters earlier this week.
The site produces the manufacturer’s 737 aircraft and is now experiencing a shortage of parts – namely fuselages and engines – from when Boeing increased its production in June. The aircraft manufacturer, in turn, has said that these part shortages are down to issues with its suppliers, Spirit AeroSystems and CFM International. The latter company is a joint venture between the Paris-based Safran and General Electric.
Commenting on the shortage, Paul Bergman, a spokesperson for the aircraft manufacturer, said, “We are working closely with our suppliers Spirit and CFM as they track toward recovery, as well as our customers. Our team has been mitigating supplier delays, and our factory continues to build 52 airplanes per month.”
Some authorities report that this shortfall may result in poor third-quarter figures and may even impact production in 2019, but the agency reports that, “Investors will get a peek on Tuesday at how far behind Boeing is when it releases its order and delivery tallies for August, a month after deliveries fell to the lowest level in years.”
Connie Kelliher, a spokesperson for the IAM, confirmed that retired mechanics and inspectors were temporarily re-hired after an agreement with the union was reached last month.
The agency reports that while Boeing has already directed approximately 600 staff members to its Renton plant in an attempt to improve the situation, Bergman explained that retired staff were being brought in “to ensure timely deliveries to our customers.”