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March 10, 2014

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-The search for a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that disappeared off of radar on Saturday morning continues with few clues. "Malaysian officials said late on Monday that they were expanding the search to a much wider area, including waters north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, hundreds of miles from the aircraft’s last reported position," the New York Times said in this article.

-Boeing has found cracks in the production of its composite wings for its 787 Dreamliner that are made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. According to this Seattle Times article, 43 jets have to be inspected for hairline cracks inside the wings which are either on production lines in the U.S. or at the Mitsubishi plant in Japan. "The discovery comes just when Boeing has managed to ramp up production of the much-troubled 787 to 10 jets per month. The problem will add further delays for customers, and will burden Boeing with more costly rework," the article says.

-Aviation Queen, Benet Wilson, opined recently on the end of bereavement fares at American Airlines. "As sad as a death is, and as cold as it seems, it’s not the airlines’ fault that someone died and you have to pay the going market rate for a ticket," Wilson writes in this blog post.

-Andrea Ahles



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