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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:06 PM

Passengers skeptical about new date for 787's Denver-Tokyo flight


Passengers skeptical about new date for 787's Denver-Tokyo flight
By Kristen Leigh Painter
The Denver Post
Posted: 02/24/2013 12:01:00 AM MST

United Airlines' announcement that it is postponing until mid-May the first Denver-to-Tokyo flight aboard Boeing Co.'s troubled 787 provided customers with a much-anticipated contingency plan. But experts as well as the consumers still question if the date is realistic and dependable.

The plane has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration for more than a month after two aircraft battery fires. Boeing has proposed a fix that could return the aircraft to service by April at the earliest.

"If I were a betting man, and I am, I would put very low odds on the May 12 date happening," said passenger Michael Rubiano of the San Francisco Bay area. "There's no faith in the date because it's just a guessing game."

Rubiano is a self-professed "aviation geek" who had booked himself, his wife and two kids on the March 31 inaugural flight from Denver for a spring break trip for the novelty. He no longer plans to take his family on the trip and is unsure he will fly on the new inaugural date, May 12.

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