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Business Report: Air transport update

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The air transport association projects that 41-million passengers will fly over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. That would be down 2-and-a-half percent from last year. The busiest days, based on current bookings, will be the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after Christmas.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a huge jetliner that's two years behind schedule, could finally do a test flight this week. It's ready, and the flight will happen on the first day with decent weather in Seattle. The 787 can seat up to 330 passengers. Two of the first airlines to order some are ANA and Taiwan's China air. They've already been ordered by Japan airlines, Korean airlines, Qantas and United.

American airlines CEO Gerard Arpey is in Tokyo for meetings with executives of Japan airlines and the Japanese transport minister. Arpey wants to keep JAL in the One World Alliance that includes American, British Airways and Qantas.

Continental launches service from Honolulu to Fiji on Friday, December 18.

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