“There is no employment reduction target,” spokesman Doug Alder said. “The more we can control costs as a whole, the less impact there will be to employment.” For the company it’s a perpetual effort to compete with Airbus for sales. 4,000 job cuts in the commercial airplanes division by mid-year will include about 1,600 through voluntary layoffs and 2,400 by leaving open positions unfilled, the spokesman said. More than 1,000 of the International Association of Machinists District 751 had applied for voluntary layoffs. Even the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, has members who had been notified that they might be eligible for voluntary layoffs.