UBS Securities issued a note today that says Boeing is too aggressive in its production ramp-up plans for the 787. A synopsis:
* 787 learning curve appears more aggressive than 777: BA’s assumed learning curve is a key component of its forecast for 787 profitability and cash generation. Our analysis indicates that BA is assuming much faster learning on 787 than it was able to achieve on 777 despite having less control of production this time. With 777 type learning, we estimate BA would likely be in a forward loss with flat to progressively worse 787 cash flow over the next several years.