Boeing secures pricey assets before Hurricane Florence hits
Boeing site in South Carolina and operations at Joint Base Charleston could face serious damage as Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Olivia approach the U.S. Southeast coast. In response to the extreme weather, Boeing has shut down its South Carolina site, evacuating at least eight 787 aircraft from the plant and warning its employees to “make safety the priority […] for you and your family”.
Some Boeing’s manufacturing locations in the United States are going to be impacted by the powerful storms. In particular, operations at South Carolina site have already been suspended. The manufacturer is also suspending C-17 operations at Joint Base Charleston – the U.S. Air Force base in South Carolina – starting September 12, 2018.
In a message to employees, published on Boeing’s website on September 11, 2018, the U.S. plane maker urges its workers to stay safe and stresses that “Your safety is our highest priority”. And so is the safety of its 787s.
Bloomberg reports that the U.S. manufacturer has already conducted some evacuation – of aircraft, that is. Based on Flightradar24.com information, it appears that at least eight B787 aircraft were flown from South Carolina to Paine Field in Seattle on September 11, 2018. Two B787-9s for Hainan Airlines and one B787-10 for United were among the “evacuated” planes, is also noted in the publication.
Speaking of U.S. carriers, they have been preparing for the extreme weather as well. American has not yet canceled any flights, but it has issued a travel alert for more than 30 airports. American, as well as United and Delta, are allowing affected customers to rebook without change fees. Southwest has also allowed rebooking on cities affected by Hurricane Florence.
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