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United Airlines Again Delays Denver-Tokyo Flights

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United Airlines Highlights A 787 Dreamliner (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

United Airlines Highlights A 787 Dreamliner (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

DENVER (CBS4/AP) — United Airlines is again delaying the launch of a new route from Denver to Tokyo-Narita airport while U.S. regulators investigate problems with the new Boeing 787 aircraft.

The airline said Friday it now hopes to begin the route on June 10, but that will depend on getting the aircraft in service.

Federal officials are still trying to determine what caused problems with the new jetliners’ batteries.

Denver officials say they’re confident the flights will benefit the city, the metro area and the Rocky Mountain region.

“Our focus remains steadfast on strengthening the economic and cultural connections between Denver and Tokyo. The opportunities this flight will create by opening our region’s doors to the Asian marketplace are boundless, and so is our optimism about the benefits this flight will have for our city, the metro area and the rocky mountain region,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in a statement.

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