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Boeing has "extreme confidence" in 787, shares rise 3 per cent after two-day drop

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Boeing has a lot riding on the 787. The long-range jet promises a smoother travel experience and is 20 percent more fuel efficient than older models. After years of delays, Boeing has now delivered 49 of the planes, with almost 800 more on order. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
January 09, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Boeing says it has "extreme confidence" in its 787 Dreamliner even as federal investigators try to determine the cause of a fire that has prompted new worries about the plane.

The fire happened Monday in one of the plane's lithium ion batteries. Mike Sinnett, Boeing's chief engineer for 787, wouldn't comment on that specific incident, but said Wednesday that the area around the battery is designed to withstand a fire.

It's is the latest glitch for a high-profile jet that has a lot riding on it, both for Boeing and its airline customers. Boeing has delivered 49 of the 787s so far, and has about 800 more on order.

Investors are rallying behind the company. Boeing shares gained 3.3 per cent to $76.54, after dropping 4.6 per cent the two previous days.

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