Nightly News   |  February 07, 2013

FAA to allow Dreamliner test flights

The troubled 787 Dreamliner, grounded in the wake of problems with the plane’s lithium-ion batteries, will be sent on crew-only test flights. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> we learn today the faa is going to allow test flights for the boeing 787 dreamliner with only crew members on board. no paying passengers yet. the planes have been grounded since last month as investigators try to figure out what caused batteries to catch fire on two different flights.

>>> and two of the biggest names in aviation could soon become one. there are increasing reports a merger between american airlines and usairways could come as early as next week. it would create the world's largest airline.