Will Boeing's Stock Soar Thanks to a New Battery?

Good news, investors! On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved Boeing's (NYSE: BA  ) detailed design changes for the battery on the 787 Dreamliner. Considering the grounding of the Dreamliner has cost Boeing an estimated $600 million and counting, the FAA's decision is great news for the company. It's also great news for Boeing's Dreamliner partners. 

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Will it fly?
With the FAA's decision, Boeing is expected to issue a service bulletin, which will facilitate quick repairs to the 50 planes owned by airlines around the world. Once repaired, the FAA is expected to issue a final directive, ending the Dreamliner's grounding. Even better news? Boeing will be allowed to resume deliveries of the 787 and expects to deliver all of the planes ordered for this year.  

Now let's just hope the fixes work, as investigators in the U.S. and Japan haven't yet determined what caused the lithium-ion battery to overheat in the first place. Still, Mark Sinnett, Boeing's chief engineer for the 787, said that based on recent tests, the redesigns -- including better insulation, a stainless steel enclosure that'll vent possible smoke and contain fire as well as vent hazardous gases out of the plane, make the battery less likely to overheat.

Boeing's not the only one to benefit
In addition to the good news for Boeing, partners on the Dreamliner are also probably breathing a sigh of relief. Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL  ) and General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) , both have a stake in the Dreamliner's success -- Rockwell supplies avionics equipment for the 787 and is expecting to increase production from four planes to 10 by the start of its fourth quarter, and GE supplies engines for the 787.  

Will the stock soar?
Following the FAA's announcement, Boeing's stock rose approximately 2% and closed on Friday at $87.96 a share. That's great news for investors and hopefully signals a turnaround for the Dreamliner.

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  • Report this Comment On April 21, 2013, at 10:17 PM, AngelTread wrote:

    Yes, there'll be a short term stock rise.

    Long term it's a different matter.

    1. The root cause of the Dreamliner battery meltdowns has never been established.

    2. A stainless steel container, often referred to as a 'firebox' (a box with the purpose of containing a fire) is totally unprecedented in aviation.

    3. In my opinion, the aircraft's power distribution panels (which are well documented for causing trouble on the Dreamliner) are still a worry.

    4. The plastic composite airframe is radical for an airline, and could be the source of future problems.

    Boeing's 787 Dreamliner cannot afford to be involved in any more problems. If the batteries cause any further problems, or the composite plastic structure causes any problems, that would be catastrophic.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2013, at 11:07 AM, bharatkapadia wrote:

    Mr. AngelTread; you have listed ,ultiple sources of problems; yet have given no hint of a solution. Don't you think, the engineers at Boeing do not know about the problems you are listing? If these were potential stumbling blocks, Boeing would have 500 engineers working on them

    Please do not be mistaken: Boeing is one of the most conscioentious Companies and its engineering workforce is one of the smartest in the business.

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