With a good safety record and robust backup systems, the Airbus 330 wouldn't be easily downed by lightning, they say.
There are fewer military pilots to draw from, plus economic difficulties in the industry.
Prospects improve that airlines will OK their use in flight.
Carriers report huge losses tied to fuel price hikes. Their remedy: trim flights and raise fares.
The FAA didn't give American Airlines the usual amount of time to fix the glitches.
The agency cites new 'improvements' to safety record, airline oversight. Critics say its industry ties remain too tight.
Critics say that FAA inspectors cut airlines too much slack.
Even if an agreement is reached, some say that consolidation will lead only to more crowded planes and higher prices.