CEO says 787 will be Boeing’s most successful widebody
Boeing has again expressed confidence in the grounded 787 Dreamliner, explaining that “good progress” is being made in finding a solution to its battery failures.
The 787 will be “the most successful widebody that our company has ever made,” assured Jim McNerney, Boeing’s chairman, president and CEO during a session with analysts and the media, which had ostensibly been assembled to talk about Boeing’s 2012 net profit of $3.9 billion.
“For 2013 our first order of business obviously is getting the 787 back in service,” he said.
However, McNerney chose not to get into specifics about the ongoing investigations.
“I can’t predict an outcome,” he said. “We have every expert in the world working on this issue. […] We’re narrowing down the things that could have gone wrong,” but “we don’t have a root cause yet.”
Deliveries of the aircraft type have been suspended until the issue is solved.
[photo courtesy Boeing]