Boeing Emerges From Lockdown Gloom As Air Travel and Jet Sales Rebound

Boeing today posted a wider-than-expected loss in the second quarter, but reaffirmed its positive cash flow forecast for the remainder of 2022.

Boeing plans to resume the delivery of 787 Dreamliner aircraft this year after a two-year pause. AFP via Getty Images

Boeing (BA) is enjoying a rebound in commercial jet sales as air travel stabilizes after the pandemic lockdowns. The aviation giant today (July 27) reported earnings for the quarter ended June 30. Despite posting a wider-than-expect loss, the company’s stock rose in morning trading hours on strong cash and revenue outlooks for the remainder of 2022.

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Boeing had been operating at severely negative cash flow since the pandemic began. The company returned to positive cash flow ($81 million) for the first time since 2019 in the second quarter. The company reaffirmed its forecast to return to cash flow for the full year 2022 as it prepares to resume deliveries of 787 Dreamliner planes after a nearly two-year pause due to manufacturing flaws.

Boeing stock is down nearly 24 percent this year so far, but has been growing for the past six weeks, outperforming the Dow Jones Index.

At the Farnborough International Airshow, the annual aviation trade show, last week, Boeing announced several major orders for its 787 and 737 jets, including a contract of 100 Max 737-10 planes to Delta Air Lines, worth $13.5 billion.

Boeing today reported a net loss of $0.37 a share for the second quarter on $16.68 billion in revenue, missing analysts’ expectation of a $0.13 loss per share on $17.58 billion in revenue.

Wall Street expects Boeing to lose $1.08 a share for the full 2022, sharply narrowing from a $9.44 loss per share last year.

Boeing Emerges From Lockdown Gloom As Air Travel and Jet Sales Rebound