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2:19pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Surely Congress Would Know Better Than to Hurt Airlines. No?

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 3:31 pm

Those baggage fees, cramped seats and tiny pretzel bags to the contrary and notwithstanding, airline passengers enjoyed good times in 2012, according to an annual recap from Airlines for America, the industry trade group.

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1:57pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Business

As Dreamliner Review Continues, New DIA Route To Tokyo On Hold

A United Airlines Boeing 787
United Airlines/Boeing Facebook.com

United Airlines is postponing the start of its Denver to Tokyo route flying the 787 Dreamliner in response to the FAA and NTSB review of the aircraft.

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1:02am

Thu February 21, 2013
It's All Politics

One Place You May Notice The Sequester: At The Airport

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 3:52 am

A passenger jet flies past the FAA control tower at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in 2011.
Cliff Owen AP

Unless Congress acts, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 will be felt throughout the government. Some of the most visible effects will be noticed by air travelers.

Officials predict that cutbacks at the Federal Aviation Administration could lead to takeoff delays and fewer flights overall.

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9:04am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 11:33 am

The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.
Keith Draycott FlickrVision

Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:

In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.

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12:00pm

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Airbus Pulls Lithium-Ion Battery Out Of Its A350

A tail of an Airbus long-haul A350 XWB under construction at the European aircraft maker's assembly line in France.
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Boeing's European rival Airbus announced a significant change to its A350-XWB airliner on Friday: It is abandoning plans to use a lithium-ion battery, the same kind that has caused Boeing so much trouble with its 787 Dreamliner.

The A350 is Airbus' version of the Dreamliner — a lighter, more fuel efficient plane made primarily out of a carbon fiber instead of aluminum and steel.

The New York Times explains:

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