NEW YORK, Wed Jan 30, 2013 — Boeing Co. posted a stronger-than-expected profit on Wednesday as its backlog of orders rose, and said its 2013 forecast “assumes no significant financial impact” from the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner jet by regulators.
Shares were up 1.6 percent at 74.80 in premarket trading.
Aviation safety agencies in the United States and Japan are investigating what caused lithium-ion batteries to burn on two 787 passenger jets earlier this month, prompting regulators to ground the planes worldwide.
Boeing said it is continuing to build the Dreamliner, but has halted deliveries, and analysts have raised concerns about the cost of the grounding and for fixing the battery problem on about 125 jets that Boeing has built so far.
“Our first order of business for 2013 is to resolve the battery issue on the 787 and return the airplanes safely to service with our customers,” said Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney.
CHICAGO, Wed Mar 14, 2012 − The head of Boeing Co’s. Commercial Airplanes unit reaffirmed on Wednesday that the plane-maker can correct a glitch on the 787 Dreamliner and meet its delivery goals for the plane this year.
The light-weight, carbon-composite airplane is already three years behind its development schedule. In February, Boeing reported signs of “delamination” on the rear fuselage of some 787s, calling into question the company’s plan to build 10 of the airplanes per month by the end of next year.
“I see nothing to date that leads me to believe that we won’t deliver all the 787s we have in our plan by the end of the year,” Jim Albaugh told a JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense conference that was broadcast over the Internet.
Delamination occurs when stress causes layered composite materials to separate. The issue was the result of a manufacturing error that occurred at a Boeing plant in South Carolina.
Boeing has said that the problem may affect the first 55 Dreamliners built and that it will take 10 to 14 days per plane to repair. Boeing has said the repair may affect deliveries in the first part of 2012, but not in the longer term.
“Between the 787 and the 747, we should deliver between 70 and 85 of those airplanes this year. It’s split pretty evenly between the two airplanes,” Albaugh said. The 747 is the largest commercial airplane Boeing makes.
Many experts doubt that Boeing can hit the 10-per-month rate target for Dreamliners. The current rate is 3.5 per month.
Despite the delays, the Dreamliner is a hit among customers, who have ordered about 870. Boeing delivered the first 787 last year. The company assembles 787s at plants in Washington and South Carolina. Boeing expects the first 787 assembled in South Carolina to be completed next month.