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B787 gets FAA nod for extended flying

[WASHINGTON] The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved extended operations for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a move that will allow a wider range of routes and that marks a vote of confidence in the high-tech jet at a time of renewed scrutiny.

The approval, known as ETOPS, will allow airlines to fly routes that are up to 5½ hours, away from a landing field, versus the three-hour limit in place since the Dreamliner was launched in 2011.

"Granting of the expanded operational permission will...

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