Boeing CEO Sees Little Dreamliner Fallout
After a grounding that lasted 100 days, costs estimated to run over $600 Million, and countless negative headlines Boeing's CEO sees bright skies for the troubled 787 Dreamliner.
"The original promise of the 787 is fully intact," said CEO Jim McNerney
Speaking after the company's annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, McNerney was fairly upbeat about how quickly Boeing will get past the Dreamliner battery problems.
In fact, the CEO noted the company may even be able to deliver a few more Dreamliners than the official forecast. "Sixty is where we are...there's a possibility we can do a few more than that."
Customer Orders Holding Up
Despite being unable to deliver Dreamliners for three months and hearing critical comments from some frustrated airline executives, McNerney said any negative carryover from the grounding is limited.
McNerney added those airlines that have ordered the Dreamliner remain optimistic about adding the plane to their fleet. "They've hung with us. Their planes are being retrofitted right now as we speak. They'll be back in service quickly, and as we think about the next derivative of 787 [referred to as -10X]. We're confident and so are our customers."
Boeing has delivered 50 Dreamliners to eight airlines around the world including United Airlines, the lone U.S. carrier flying the new plane. United has six 787 planes in its fleet and plans to begin flying Dreamliners by the end of May. Boeing has a backlog of 840 Dreamliners.
—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau; Follow him on Twitter: @Lebeaucarnews