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Are Dreamliner Glitches Just 'Teething Issues?'

As major airlines around the world start grounding Boeing's Dreamliner passenger jets amid safety concerns, analysts tell CNBC they are confident the U.S. aircraft manufacturer will fix the 787's "teething issues," which arise each time new technology is introduced.

Jason Gursky, senior analyst, aerospace and defense at Citi Research says, historically, new aircraft face such issues. He cites the example of European aircraft maker Airbus' super jumbo A380 passenger jet, which was released commercially in 2007, and faced a series of issues "right out of the gate," and was also grounded.

"I'm confident that orders are going to stick, this plane [787] is going through these teething issues that are going to get fixed," Gurksy told CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box" on Thursday. "Aircraft makers go through a process of learning how to make aircraft and there are manufacturing issues that come up from time to time when introducing a new aircraft into the fleet."

David Dietze, president and chief investment strategist at Point View Wealth Management added that with Boeing being America's largest exporter and companies around the world having a stake in the Dreamliner's success, its manufacturing issues will be handled quickly.

"I think we can be sure that all the world's experts can be focused on this," Dietze said. "I think hopefully we'll see a resolution on this sooner rather than later."

The grounding of Boeing's highly-anticipated Dreamliners by the U.S., Europe, India and Japan on Thursday comes a day after a second incident involving battery failure caused one of the passenger jets to make an emergency landing in Japan. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has said airlines would have to prove that the Dreamliner's lithium ion batteries, which are a part of new technology that helps burn 20 percent less fuel than rival aircraft, were safe before they could resume flying.

(Read more: US, Others Ground Boeing Dreamliner Indefinitely)

Boeing has responded by saying it is confident the 787 was safe and the company is working around the clock to resolve the issues. The Dreamliner, at a list price of $207 million, is viewed by many as the future of commercial aviation, being the world's first mainly carbon-fiber aircraft. But, the jets have been plagued by cost overruns, years of delays and a line of mishaps like fuel leaks, a battery fire and wiring problem.

Gurksy of Citi Research says that while it's too early to know whether the Dreamliner's problems are related to its design or manufacturing, signs are right now pointing to manufacturing issues, which should be an easier fix.

"If it's a manufacturing issue, that's part of the learning curve, I think Boeing and its suppliers will figure it out. If it's a design issue then you've got more cost and more time to go back and fix the design," Gursky said.

A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner airplane for All Nippon Airways
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A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner airplane for All Nippon Airways

Limited Impact

Meanwhile, Wolfgang Driese, CEO and chairman of DVB Bank, which finances aircraft for airlines, says Boeing's issues will not have an immediate impact on its lending business.

"We have in total a portfolio of 800 aircraft which we are financing and out of this, three are Dreamliners and more likely, there will be more to come," Driese said. "It has mainly an impact on the airlines, they need the aircraft, because they need the capacity and they need the latest technology, because of the fuel savings. So it will be a setback for the profitability of the airlines."

Nicholas Cunningham, transport analyst at Macquarie, however, points out that Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA), which made the emergency Dreamliner landing on Wednesday and is one of two Japanese airlines that have grounded 24 of the aircraft, will see a fairly minimal impact from the aircraft's problems.

(Read More: Japan: The Test Case for Boeing's Dreamliner Woes?)

"As of today, ANA has canceled 35 domestic flights," Cunningham said. "In terms of profitability if we assume that for ANA their Dreamliners are grounded for a month, that would be approximately just under 1 percent impact to earnings."

Both ANA and Japan Airlines account for about half of the 50 Dreamliners delivered worldwide.

- By CNBC.com's Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani; Follow her on Twitter @RajeshniNaidu

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