Q: What does Wall Street think?
A: Citi analyst Kevin Gursky has kept a ‘‘buy’’ rating on Boeing Co. stock. Over the long run, he says, faster production of the 787 and other planes should generate cash that benefits shareholders.
Soon after the fire, BB&T analyst Carter Leake cut his rating on Boeing to ‘‘hold.’’ In an interview on Friday, he said he expects Boeing to fix any problems with the 787, but that investors can benefit from growth in the aerospace industry by owning shares in other companies.
Q: What are passengers saying?
Passengers flying the 787 don’t appear to be worried about safety, saying they expect a new plane to have some issues.
In Seattle, Adam Welch was excited for his first flight on a Dreamliner. He heard the news about the FAA’s review and ‘‘was just hoping they didn’t ground the plane I was supposed to fly on.’’ As for the 787’s problems, he said the plane has been experiencing ‘‘growing pains.’’
Donald Crump from Auburn, N.H., was at Boston’s Logan International Airport Friday, checking in for his third 787 flight. He called the plane’s problems ‘‘minor’’ and said the FAA review was ‘‘the politically correct thing to do.’’ Crump likes the 787 because the well-lit and climate-controlled cabin provides passengers ‘‘a much more pleasing environment to travel in.’’
Associated Press writers Joshua Freed in Minneapolis, Joan Lowy in Washington, Rodrique Ngowi in Boston and Manuel Valdes in Seattle contributed to this report.