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Airlines Fight FAA Rest Rule For Ultralong Flights

Law360 (January 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A flock of major airlines led by Continental Airlines Inc. and American Airlines Inc. is challenging the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s recent move to guarantee longer rest periods for pilots and crew on the longest nonstop international flights.

The petition, lodged late last month in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, claims the FAA promulgated the rule for the so-called ultra long-distance flights without following the rulemaking process and based the new regulations on imprecise or erroneous findings.

While regulators and...
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