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September 13, 1996|Times Staff and Wire Reports

ValuJet Won't Be Approved to Fly This Week: The discount airline had expected to receive final approval from the U.S. Transportation Department to resume service. ValuJet was grounded June 18 by federal regulators. The DOT and FAA recently gave ValuJet tentative approval to resume flying and said the airline had corrected its safety deficiencies and was economically fit. ValuJet still needs a final approval from the DOT, which is examining documents filed by the union representing some ValuJet flight attendants who oppose the carrier's return to business. If the company receives final approval to fly, ValuJet would operate nine jets with service to five cities, 26 fewer cities than the Atlanta-based airline served at its peak. The airline is also working on an advertising program to win back customers, including a first- timetelevision campaign that is in the final stages of preparation.

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