Boeing's Conner says 787 fix can be done quickly, once approved

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner speaks to the media after a meeting with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota (not pictured) in Tokyo February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner speaks to the media after a meeting with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota (not pictured) in Tokyo February 28, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Commercial Aircraft Chief Executive Ray Conner said the company is very confident about its proposed fix for batteries that melted down on two 787 Dreamliners in January, and the process of getting the fix installed and the plane flying again can move quickly once the solution is approved by regulators.

Conner said parent Boeing Co (BA.N) saw no reason to adjust its forecast for the number of 787 jets delivered this year. He spoke at an investor conference hosted by JPMorgan in New York.

The 787 was grounded worldwide in January after batteries burned on jets owned by All Nippon Airways Co Ltd (9202.T) and Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T). Boeing proposed a fix to the system on February 22.

In response to a question by analyst Joe Nadol, Conner said "no question" that most of the mistakes with 787 were made early on in the program.

(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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