Aviation industry not worried about shutdown, yet
While sectors of the aviation industry will be little scathed by Tuesday’s shutdown of the U.S. government, others braced for an impact that could grow if the shutdown drags out.
Chicago-based aviation giant Boeing Co. will continue to deliver some airplanes to its commercial airline customers, but only those that don’t require additional certifications by the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing spokesman John Dern said.
Other deliveries that require FAA certification work could be slowed or delayed, he said, declining to speculate which airplane production lines would be hurt most. However, the newest, stretched version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, called the Boeing 787-9, is among those currently in development.
"The company has contingency plans to deal with interruptions," he said.
Boeing also sells directly to the government, largely the military. Boeing would continue normal production if the shutdown is short-lived, but the impact on Boeing worsen the longer the shutdown goes on, he said.
"If it's a matter of days, we should be able to handle that," he said.
A4A, the airline industry organization, said a government shutdown hurts all businesses "including the airline industry," although daily airline operations and the traveling public should not be affected because front-line government employees, such as security screeners, would not be subject to shutdown-related furloughs.
"At this point, we do not expect airline operations to be impacted," said A4A spokeswoman Jean Medina.
"We urge Congress and the Administration to reach an agreement quickly to avoid further impacting the nascent economic recovery."
Wood Dale-based AAR Corp., which has many government military contracts, said it expects the impact to be minimal.
"AAR does not anticipate any disruption of federal payments or delays in the delivery of products and services in the event of a government shutdown," said Cheryle R. Jackson, AAR vice president of government affairs and corporate development. "Unlike with sequestration, it is our understanding that the military will be exempt and continue to perform as usual."