A Dream-like Time to Invest in Titanium

Here’s another story fanning the economic recovery’s flames: The much-delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner might finally take flight this year. Late last week, Boeing said that its long saga of delays and frustrations with the much-hyped jet are coming to an end. The first Dreamliner is now on track to leave terra firma by the end of the year, and the jet will actually be delivered to various international airways by the end of 2010.

Just how late is the Dreamliner? Japanese airliner All Nippon will get the first in 2010… since they were originally promised delivery by the start of the Beijing Olympics.

“My next buy recommendation is based on some of the historic changes happening in air transportation,” notes Chris Mayer, who chronicled the Dreamliner saga in the latest Capital & Crisis alert. “One of the key drivers of this change is what I call the Silk Roads of the sky. The aerospace industry has a $6 trillion backlog for new aircraft — which will double the global fleet over the next 20 years.

“In large measure, new and booming trade routes will link all kinds of cities and markets flung all over God’s green footstool. There are hundreds of new airports planned and thousands of new planes that will connect China to Africa to the Middle East and more.

“The thing about the new aircraft is that they are titanium intensive. Titanium is a silvery, lustrous metal that is corrosion resistant and has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. Aircraft manufacturers love titanium, especially now that the market has crushed the price of titanium, along with everything else.

“That creates some space for us to buy a quality operator now. Titanium prices are way down. Sentiment is terrible, with most analysts only lukewarm to the idea. Most of the near-term news is bad. That gives us a great price to get in on a promising long-term story. Of course, this is already in the process of changing, thanks to the Dreamliner announcement.”