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Dreamliner fire considered “serious” but no evidence of battery problem

Boeing is emphasizing the fact that investigators have found no evidence that the Dreamliner fire at Heathrow Airport was tied to the aircraft's previous battery woes, but that doesn't rule out another serious shortcoming with the 787.

Dreamliner fire considered “serious” but no evidence of battery problem

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Despite Dreamliner incidents, 23 Boeing 787s airborne at the moment

It's business as usual for now for major airlines with Dreamliners in their fleets as the investigation proceeds in London.

Despite Dreamliner incidents, 23 Boeing 787s airborne at the moment

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Child-free zones on airplanes gain support in UK

For crying out loud, it's obvious the pollsters neglected to survey the kids, who likely would also prefer to relocate themselves away from stodgy business travelers who take themselves too seriously.

Child-free zones on airplanes gain support in UK

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Ground Dreamliner fleet? European aviation agency says too soon to tell

Both the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency are seemingly relying heavily on Boeing's own investigations into the Heathrow incident. Is something wrong with this picture?

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The 13 longest wait times at U.S. Customs in May

Delta is trying to woo business travelers on lucrative long-haul flights from JFK Terminal 4, but the airline likely won't be publicizing the fact that arriving passengers face the longest peak-wait times of any airport in the country in trying to get through Customs.

The 13 longest wait times at U.S. Customs in May

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Southwest enables businesses to buy loyalty points for employees

Loyalty points are increasingly becoming a new and broader currency with businesses rewarding them to employees, and even some travel startups awarding consumers airline points for hotel stays.

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U.S. airlines lose bag-fee monopoly as extra costs spread to Europe and India

At some juncture, there will be a tipping point when passengers rebel against bag fees. There is no sign that this is imminent, however.

U.S. airlines lose bag-fee monopoly as extra costs spread to Europe and India

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Why Southwest should make its free TV and Wi-Fi promotion permanent

Want to reinvigorate the Southwest brand? Just think of the market share gains that Southwest would earn if it made its TV Flies Free promotion permanent. Free Wi-Fi, baby.

Why Southwest should make its free TV and Wi-Fi promotion permanent

Business Travel

Hyatt and union reach national settlement after four years of strife

This is good news for Hyatt family member Penny Prtizker, the new U.S. commerce secretary, as the family was dogged by the labor strife. It also shows that U.S. unions aren't dead, and that hotel employees have the right to do their jobs with dignity.

Hyatt and union reach national settlement after four years of strife

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NextGen air traffic control improvements imperiled by budget hawks

The efficiencies of the NextGen system will practically pay for themselves, but budget hawks see any federal government spending as part of the Evil Empire.