US government loans for Boeing Dreamliner not at risk: Ex-Im Bank Daniel Reilly
"None of Ex-Im Bank's financings for 787 Dreamliner aircraft are at risk during, or after, this important FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) review to ensure passenger safety," Daniel Reilly, senior vice president for communications at the bank, said in response to a query.
"In addition to taking security interests in the Dreamliners themselves, the bank has protected taxpayers by obtaining guarantees and cross-collateralization - that is, the bank has security interests in other aircraft in addition to the financed Dreamliners," Reilly said.
The bank provides both direct loans and loan guarantees to help U.S. manufacturers sell their goods around the world.
In recent years, it has been a target of conservative Republicans in Congress, who say the government should not be involved in financing exports and worry taxpayers could be stuck with the bill in the case of default.
Boeing is both the largest U.S. exporter and the biggest recipient of Ex-Im Bank financing support.
The FAA temporarily grounded Boeing's new commercial airliner, the 787, on Wednesday, saying carriers would have to demonstrate the batteries were safe before the planes could resume flying.
Poland's state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing for grounding its two planes, adding to concern that a spate of incidents plaguing the Dreamliner could lead to bigger
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