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Boeing Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Boeing Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety of Boeing employees, their dependents and visitors to our sites is a top priority. Boeing’s Chief Medical Officer and our International Health Services team track health conditions using the guidance of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We continue to adapt and evolve our emergency management procedures to address the impact of the coronavirus.

Protecting Our Employees & Communities

Ensuring the health of airline passengers and crews through our Confident Travel Initiative, where we partner with airlines, global regulators, passengers and infectious disease experts to enhance aircraft cleanliness procedures and identify other areas to further reduce the risk of airborne illness transmission.

Increasing cleaning of high-touch areas and deep-cleaning of impacted sites; maintaining rigorous criteria for return to work; and asking all employees who can effectively do their jobs from home to telecommute.

Offering our Dreamlifter to transport urgently needed supplies to healthcare professionals; utilizing our 3D printing capabilities to manufacture face shields for those on the front lines; and shipping masks, gloves and other equipment to employees in impacted areas and hospitals in need.

Continuously assessing the state of the coronavirus in a particular region and, in consultation with health officials, temporarily suspending and/or resuming site operations accordingly.

Encouraging virtual meetings whenever possible and physical distancing when face-to-face meetings are critical.

Limiting international travel to business-critical activities to reduce the risk of unexpected changes in travel restrictions.

Boeing Names Delaney to Lead Confident Travel Initiative

  • Boeing will unite with industry to help minimize air travel health risks amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Multilayered approaches key to enhancing safety and reducing illness transmission

CHICAGO, May 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today appointed Mike Delaney to lead the company’s Confident Travel Initiative, effective immediately. Working across the industry, Delaney’s team will work to develop new solutions to help minimize air travel health risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and drive awareness of health safeguards already in place. Delaney brings 31 years of Boeing experience to the role, including previous executive leadership positions in airplane development and engineering, and serves as vice president of Digital Transformation at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“As air travel slowly begins to resume and restrictions ease around the globe, health and safety remains our top priority for our teams who design, build and service the airplanes and all those who fly on them,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun. “Mike’s deep technical expertise, leadership skills, industry knowledge and great passion for our customers make him uniquely qualified to lead this effort.”

The Confident Travel Initiative team will work with airlines, global regulators, industry stakeholders, flying passengers, infectious disease experts and behavioral specialists to establish industry-recognized safety recommendations. The team is also advising operators on existing, approved disinfectants that are compatible with the airplane flight decks and cabins and testing other sanitizers.

“Our commitment to ensuring the health of airline passengers and crews is unwavering,” said Delaney. “We’re working with partners to enhance aircraft cleanliness procedures and identify other areas to further reduce the risk of airborne illness transmission.”

Boeing’s effort will build on the industry’s enhanced safety approaches – including enhanced cleaning, temperature checks and the use of face coverings – and promote the proven systems already in place to help maintain cabin cleanliness. One such system is the air filtration system present on all Boeing airplanes. The air filtration system incorporates High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters similar to those used in hospitals and industrial clean rooms. HEPA filters are 99.9+% effective at removing particulates such as viruses, bacteria and fungi before air is recirculated back to the cabin.

Boeing continues to research and evaluate new technologies to enhance safety, including ultraviolet light disinfecting systems and antimicrobial coatings for high-touch surfaces. The company is working with academics, health experts and learning institutions worldwide to field studies and facilitate research on reducing the potential of disease transmission on airplanes.

“Air travel is coming back,” said Delaney. “As that happens, we want passengers and crews to board Boeing airplanes without hesitation.”

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