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Boeing 787 back in the air after lengthy grounding

After 123 days being grounded and then repaired to ensure its battery systems do not catch fire, Boeing 787 Dreamliners are about to once again make commercial flight in the United States. A United Airlines 787 will fly from Houston to Chicago Monday morning carrying more than 250 passengers including the CEO's of United and Boeing....

Dreamliners fly again for first time in 3 months

All Nippon Airways, the Japanese launch customer for Boeing Co's 787, flew its first Dreamliner in more than three months on Sunday to test reinforced batteries installed by the U.S. aircraft maker....

Japan's ANA to begin 787 test flights Sunday

All Nippon Airways said it would begin test flights of Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner on Sunday after the Japanese government on Friday issued approval for the grounded aircraft to resume flight. The company said it would retrain its Dreamliner pilots with 230 test flights....

FAA approves Boeing's new 787 battery design

Regulators on Friday approved a revamped battery system for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a crucial step in returning the high-tech jet to service after more than three months of grounding....

FAA edges closer to letting 787s fly again

U.S. regulators are close to approving a key document that could start the process of returning Boeing Co's grounded 787 Dreamliner to service within weeks, according to several people familiar with the matter....

Dish offers to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion

Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, offered to buy Sprint Nextel Corp for $25.5 billion in cash and stock, a move that could thwart the proposed acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank Corp....

Boeing conducts Dreamliner flight to test battery

Boeing said Friday it had conducted a test flight of the Dreamliner 787 to evaluate a new battery system, which is aimed at overcoming the problems that led to the fleet's grounding in January....

Court OKs American Airlines-US Airways merger

A judge on Wednesday approved AMR Corp's plan to merge with US Airways Group, a step toward creating the world's largest airline....

FAA approves Boeing plan to fix 787's batteries

Federal regulators have approved a Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, although extensive testing will be needed before the planes can fly passengers again....

Boeing 787 battery fire was difficult to control

An investigation of a battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 shows mechanics and firefighters made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to put out the blaze through smoke so thick they couldn't see the battery. The documents released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board paint a more dangerous picture of the Jan....

Boeing proposes full 787 battery fix to FAA

Boeing gave U.S. aviation regulators its plan to fix the volatile battery aboard its new 787 Dreamliner on Friday, even before investigators know what caused the batteries to overheat on two planes last month....

Swelling found in second battery on ANA Dreamliner

Cells in a second lithium-ion battery on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner forced to make an emergency landing in Japan last month showed slight swelling, a Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) official said on Tuesday....

Airbus ditches lithium-ion batteries for A350 planes

Airbus has started informing airlines that have ordered the new A350 that the new plane will have Nickel-Cadmium batteries, rather than lithium-ion batteries, the European plane maker told CNBC Thursday....

American Airlines-US Airways: What it means for you

Now that the long-rumored merger between American Airlines and US Airways is finally a reality, travelers may be nervous about what?s next -- and rightly so....

Boeing completes 'uneventful' 787 test flight

Boeing Co. completed what it called an uneventful flight on Saturday of a test 787 Dreamliner, its first since the airplanes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of battery-related problems....

FAA clears Boeing for one-time 787 flight

Boeing on Wednesday received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly one Boeing 787 from Fort Worth, Texas, to the Seattle area....

US Airways, American Airlines close to merger deal

US Airways and AMR, the parent of American Airlines, are close to reaching a merger agreement, in a deal that would create the world's largest airline, according to a person familiar with the situation....

787 grounding puts cities in costly holding pattern

They are cities that have either seen the start of Boeing 787 international service or are scheduled to see it begin early this year. Now, due to the Dreamliner grounding, the financial impact of the delayed service could be substantial....

Boeing asks to resume 787 test flights

CNBC has learned that Boeing has formally filed a request with the FAA to allow the company to resume test flights of 787 Dreamliners....

JAL wants to talk compensation with Boeing

Japan Airlines Co Ltd said it will talk to Boeing Co about compensation for the grounding of the 787 Dreamliner, adding that the idling of its jets would cost it nearly $8 million from its earnings through to the end of March....

Airlines previously replaced batteries on 787s

Japan's two biggest airlines replaced below-par lithium-ion batteries on their Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners in the months before separate incidents led to the technologically advanced aircraft being grounded worldwide due to battery problems....

Jet delivered just 3 weeks before battery fire

Federal investigators say the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that experienced a battery fire earlier this month was delivered to Japan Airlines less than three weeks before the fire....

FAA: No timetable to return Boeing 787s to skies

Japanese regulators have joined their U.S. counterparts in all but ruling out overcharged batteries as the cause of recent fires on the Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner, which has been grounded for a week with no end in sight....

FAA approval of Boeing 787 battery scrutinized

In 2007, U.S. regulators cleared Boeing's use of a highly flammable battery in the 787 Dreamliner, deciding it was safe, according to documents reviewed by Reuters....

Senate to probe FAA approval of 787 battery

A key U.S. Senate committee will hold a hearing in coming weeks to examine U.S. aviation safety oversight and the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow Boeing Co. to use highly flammable lithium-ion batteries on board its new 787 Dreamliner....

Boeing 787 probe widens after battery voltage ruled out

U.S. safety investigators on Sunday ruled out excess voltage as the cause of a battery fire this month on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jet operated by Japan Airlines Co (JAL) and said they were expanding the probe to look at the battery's charger and the jet's auxiliary power unit....