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China shows off latest high-speed train With its fully reclining airline-style business class seats, a strict no-smoking policy and designed top speed of 350 km (220 miles) per hour, the new Beijing-Shanghai express embodies China's race to the future. The new line's launch is coordinated with the 90th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party to highlight the "scientific development" slogan dear to the heart of Chinese president and party secretary Hu Jintao. It is the latest and most feted portion of a network the government hopes will stretch 45,000 km (27,960 miles) by the end of 2015. The sleek white and blue train -- dubbed "Harmony" after President Hu's "harmonious society" slogan -- zips along its elevated track at 300 km (185 miles) per hour, bypassing flat fields and rubble-strewn villages. It cuts travel time on the 1,318-kilometre (820-mile) route to under five hours. It would go faster but for safety concerns, after revelations of corruption led to the downfall of the rail minister earlier this year. The line is designed to carry 80 million passengers a year, providing heady competition for the airlines on a route notorious for delays. For 1,750 yuan ($270), business class travelers are waited on by uniformed stewardesses. the aisles or even bathrooms, and poorer Chinese still queue for hours or even days to get tickets. Jun 27, 2011

Boeing Boeing Begins Final Phase of 787 Flight Testing. Boeing yesterday started Function & Reliability (F&R) testing and extended operations (ETOPS) demonstrations on the 787 Dreamliner. This is the final phase of flight testing prior to certification of the airplane. "We are ready for this final phase of flight testing," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "The team has created a solid plan for accomplishing the hours and test points required for F&R and ETOPS testing in support of delivery to our customer ANA in the August to September time period." The ETOPS certification will be done in two phases, Boeing said, due to a rule change by the Federal Aviation Administration. F&R testing simulates various normal and non-normal operations for the airplane, in a realistic airline-like flight environment. ETOPS refers to extended operations [ETH] for twin jets, flights that are more than 60 minutes away from a suitable landing field. During ETOPS demonstrations the...

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