Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit said on Monday it would reduce its workforce in 2017, adding to the about 8% jobs the company has cut since the beginning of 2016.
The company is offering a voluntary layoff program in early 2017, adding that involuntary layoffs may occur in some cases, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) said in an internal memo.
This year’s job cuts include a 10% reduction of executives and managers.
BCA (ba) said it would focus on reducing non-labor costs next year amid a tough competitive environment for its aircraft business.
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Boeing said last week that it would cut production of its twin-aisle 777 jetliner to five a month in August 2017, a 40% reduction from the current rate of 8.3% a month, as it spends more to produce new models.
Reuters reported in February that Boeing was considering layoffs of airplane engineers.
A spokesman for the division said that employees participating in the voluntary layoff program will receive a lump sum payment of one week’s pay for each year served, for a maximum of 26 weeks.