Boeing could end up with serious problems, aviation expert Michael Boyd told CNBC on Thursday, if it turns out the battery concern that prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ground the new 787 Dreamliners is a "design flaw."
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Jason Gursky, aerospace and defense analyst at Citigroup, agreed with Boyd in a "Squawk Box" interview. "If this is a manufacturing issue, we probably get a quick fix," he said. "If it's a design issue, probably takes a little more time and it would be a little more damaging to the overall outlook for the aircraft in the near term."
Boyd, chairman of The Boyd Group, made a comparison to past new plane rollouts. "Is it going to be like [Boeing's] 747 40 years ago, where they had major problems and they worked it out," Boyd asked, "or is it going to be on the other end like a Lockheed Electra that basically put the company out of the passenger airplane business?"