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Best of the Blogs, Transportation: Fuel Blends Containing Larger Amounts of Ethanol May Be Bad for Car Engines


Plus, airline economist says American Airlines cannot last on its own.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful financial commentary on transportation from around the Web every Thursday.

The New York Times: Wheels
Link: With Sales Imminent, Ethanol Blend's Impact on Engine Durability Remains Contentious
"A new engine-durability study that found damage in engines run on gasoline with 15-percent ethanol content proved one of two things: either the Environmental Protection Agency was hasty in authorizing the sale of the fuel blend or the study's authors produced 'junk science,' in the words of one critic." Airline Biz Blog
Link: Economist: American Airlines needs a merger, not a standalone plan

"Airline industry economist Dan Akins, an expert witness for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said Thursday that American Airlines' (AAMRQ.PK) standalone plan has little chance for success.

"Speaking in U.S Bankruptcy Court in lower Manhattan, Akins made a strong pitch for a merger between American and US Airways Group (LCC), a deal that would move American from a distant No. 3 to United Airlines (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) to being the largest airline in the world."

The Wall Street Journal: Driver's Seat
Link: With Latest Test Flight, Honda Nears First Jet Deliveries
"Honda Motors Co. (HMC) said its Honda Aircraft Co. unit completed the first flight of its latest test aircraft, marking another step in bringing the small HondaJet to market."
Link: Ford C-Max pricing to undercut Toyota Prius V
(F) dealers have started taking orders for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, the company announced today.

"The gas-electric hybrid will arrive later this year with a starting price of $25,995, undercutting its most direct competitor, the Toyota Prius V (TM) hybrid, which has a base price of $26,550."

Rail Resource
Link: Green Gone from Canadian Pacific
"Fred Green, formerly president and chief executive officer of Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), has left the company, effective immediately, CP announced today."

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