McNerney has never been a CEO to puff out his chest or pat himself on the back. Still, for the first time in months, you could tell he was feeling confident Boeing had seen the worst with the Dreamliner problems.
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Maybe that is why shares of Boeing surged more than 2 percent after the company reported much better than expected earnings for the first quarter.
Two things about the Dreamliner stand out in Boeing's first quarter results:
1. No Charge Related to Repair Costs
It has been estimated fixing the Dreamliner battery system will cost Boeing at least $600 million dollars. A hefty sum that had some on Wall Street wondering if Boeing would take a charge in first quarter earnings and it didn't happen.
Also, on the company conference call with analysts it said the impact of the fix would be minimal, especially when spread out over 1,100 Dreamliners.
2. No Change in 787 delivery Schedule
Boeing said it still planned to deliver at least 60 Dreamliners this year, which is the same guidance it set at the end of last year. Boeing has not delivered a 787 since the FAA grounded the plane in mid-January.
Now that the FAA has approved a plan to fix the battery system, Boeing will start modifying those Dreamliners that have been built, but are waiting on the tarmac for delivery. McNerney told analysts, "Deliveries are expected to resume in early May." He added, "We remain on track to increase 787 production to 10 per month by the end of the year."