Boeing Co. hasnt been significantly impacted by the U.S.
government shutdown, but a prolonged closure might slow
deliveries of its commercial aircraft, the company said.
"Going forward, (the
shutdowns impact) is going to depend on how prolonged it
is," a Boeing spokesman in Chicago said. "Thats the key
chairman, president and chief executive officer of the
Chicago-based aerospace giant, was reportedly one of the
organizers of a conference call between the Obama
administration and the Washington-based Business Roundtable,
during which President Obama urged corporate executives to
convince Republican congressmen to end their impasse with the
U.S. Senate and the White House.
On the commercial
side, the critical concern could be a possible slowdown in
certification for Boeings newer planes by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA). The impact might be most evident
at the companys North Charleston, S.C., facility, which
delivered its first 787 Dreamliner in 2012, the spokesman
In defense, where
Boeing has hundreds of programs, "we wouldnt expect to
see a significant impact if this has a short duration" of a few
days, he added.
While he declined to
speculate on the possibility of a production slowdown if
airliner certification is postponed, the spokesman noted that
Boeing held to its existing build rates earlier this year when
battery issues resulted in the temporary grounding and delivery
suspension of the 787-8.
The second version of
the Dreamliner, the 787-9, recently had its maiden flight. The
spokesman said that its certification program is expected to
last until mid-2014.
More "mature" Boeing
airliner modelspresumably including its top-selling 737
Next Generationcould feel less of an effect since they
require "less direct" certification by the FAA, which has
"delegated" some of this authority to Boeing, he said.
"At this time, normal
production is expected to continue for many of our programs,"
the spokesman said about Boeings defense jobs, although
he noted that there could be "pockets" of disruption.
Boeing also has
"mitigation or contingency plans" if the government shutdown
continues, he added.