Boeing CEO: It will take aviation sector ‘years’ to recover from COVID-19
“It will be years before this returns to pre-pandemic levels. We are in an unpredictable and fast-changing environment, and it is difficult to estimate when the situation will stabilize,” David Calhoun said, just two days before Boeing is due to announce its first-quarter results.
On top of that, Calhoun also added that when the situation does get better“the commercial market will be smaller, and our customers’ needs will be different.”
According to Calhoun, The Boeing Company would “have to borrow money in the next six months” as well as finding ways to cut costs.
The aviation giant had already been plagued with problems before lockdowns around the world grounded vast swathes of the planet’s planes.
In particular, Boeing had to halt flights for all of its 737 MAX aircraft, following the deaths of 346 people in two separate crashes involving the model.
Air traffic in the US is down 95% compared to the same time last year, with a drop of 90% in the UK.