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Robots Are Painting The New Boeing Planes In Record Time

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Inside a sealed building in Boeing's Everett widebody-jet assembly plant, two robotic machines glide along tracks on either side of a 106-foot 777 wing laid flat, their heads reaching out like animatronic dinosaurs nibbling at the giant wing. These new robot-painting machines can wash, apply solvent to remove dirt, rinse and then spray two different...

United Makes Flying The Friendly Skies More Pet Friendly

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United Airlines has opened a new, on-airport kennel facility at its Chicago O'Hare International Airport hub. The kennel provides exceptional accommodations and amenities for animals traveling via United's acclaimed PetSafe service. The kennel, which is located inside United's new cargo facility, has 28 individual enclosures and allows different species...

If You Travel Light, American Will Let You Board First

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American Airlines has extended preferential boarding to customers flying with small or no carry-on bags. Beginning today, the carrier says customers not needing to stow a bag in its overhead storage bins will be able to board between the Group 1 and Group 2 boarding queues. American gives boarding priority to its first-class and elite-level fliers...

Airfare Expert: What You Should Pay For Summer Flights

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If you plan to fly this summer, you can save if you know what to pay - and I'm going to give you some rules of thumb. But first, a brief dose of reality: Prices are flat compared to last year as the summer season kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend, but flat still means expensive — the most expensive we have tracked since 2003. Summer is peak...

Delta Will Pay A Dividend, Buy Back Shares

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Delta Air Lines will start paying a quarterly dividend and buy back some of its shares -- investor-friendly moves common in other industries but rare for airlines. For years, the industry repelled long-term investors with high debt, losses, labor strife, bankruptcies, and roller-coaster stock prices. Now, airline bosses are eager to show that those...

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners Are Again Flying The Friendly Skies

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Boeing Co.'s chief engineer for the 787 Dreamliner said Saturday that changes to the lithium-ion battery system are fully sufficient to ensure the aircraft's safety, although the company has been unable to find the cause of the original battery failures earlier this year that led to groundings of the plane worldwide since mid-January. Michael Sinnett...

Everyone Can Travel Like A Celebrity!

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Cutting lines at airports used to be only for the rich, famous or very-frequent fliers. But then airlines started granting fast-track access to anybody with the right credit card or who was willing to shell out a few extra dollars. Now, with the masses clogging up special security and boarding lanes, true VIPs are saying: Get me away from this chaos....

Southwest Airlines Celebrates Communities With Second Annual ‘Month of Giving Back’

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Since its inception 41 years ago, Southwest Airlines has believed in doing the right thing by consistently giving back to the communities it serves.  In celebration of Earth Day and National Volunteer Week, Southwest is continuing its pledge to sustainability and its dedication to volunteerism with the second annual "Month of Giving Back," joining...

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