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Boeing resumes deliveries of 787 Dreamliners

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NEW YORK — Boeing Co (BA.N) resumed deliveries of its high-tech 787 Dreamliner jet on Tuesday, ending a period of nearly four months in which it was unable to provide new planes to customers because of safety concerns about the battery system.

Reuters

The delivery of the first jet with a redesigned battery system marks a turning point in Boeing’s 787 crisis, allowing the jet maker to book revenue for completed sales of the jet, which costs $207 million at list prices.

Boeing shares rose 1,4% to close at $96,11 on the New York Stock
Exchange, their highest levels since November 2007.

Resuming deliveries will lower Boeing’s profit margin in the near-term, though. The 787s being delivered now are among the relatively early jets that are more costly to make and that were sold at steep discounts to attract customers.

Boeing has never given a final cost estimate for the 787’s grounding and repairs, though it absorbed nearly all of the impact in the first quarter while still posting a rise in profit. Some analysts have projected a final cost of as much as $600 million.

The deliveries will improve Boeing’s cash flow this year, however, and will reduce its inventory, something investors have been anticipating as they bid up its stock.
Boeing said it delivered a new Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways on Tuesday, its second delivery of the year.

The first was delivered before January 16, when regulators grounded the worldwide Dreamliner fleet after two lithium-ion batteries overheated and smoked on two separate jets that month.

Boeing also reaffirmed Tuesday that it expects to hit its target of delivering more than 60 787s this year.

Analysts say the target should be easy to hit. Boeing kept making Dreamliners while the plane was grounded, so about 25 are parked outside its factories waiting to be delivered to customers, the company said.

Boeing also has sped up production. Last week it rolled out the first 787 made at the new rate of seven per month, up from five per month previously. It aims to raise the rate to 10 per month by year-end, with the first delivery at the new rate in 2014.

After the two incidents in January, Boeing redesigned the 787 battery system, adding a steel enclosure and other safeguards to prevent fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the redesigned system on April 19 and a few days later cleared Boeing to begin installing the $500 000 fix on the 50 delivered jets that had been grounded and those still at the factory.

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