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."
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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