Brian Sumers

Brian
Sumers
Aviation Week
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WestJet 737-800
WestJet prepares to add widebody aircraft 
As it prepares to add four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft later this year, Calgary-based WestJet cautions it is only “dipping a toe in the widebody waters” as it tests whether it wants to expand its international network.
Frontier Airlines A319
Frontier Airlines: Philadelphia and Trenton serve complementary roles 
Colorado-based Frontier Airlines is changing its strategy at Trenton-Mercer Airport to limit East-West flying in winter, but still views the market as a valuable part of its network, even though it has increased departures at nearby Philadelphia International Airport, an airline executive said an interview.
Compass Airlines to fly E-175s for American from Los Angeles
American Airlines will open a base for Minneapolis-based regional carrier Compass Airlines Embraer E-175 aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.
Silver Airways Saab 340B
Silver Airways flight attendants vote to join AFA
Flight attendants at Silver Airways will join the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), a move that may increase costs at the Florida-based company as it transitions to a new business model.
New Canadian ULCC Jetlines to launch in mid-2015 
New Canadian ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) Jetlines remains on track to launch in mid-2015 with two used Boeing 737 Classic aircraft flying short-haul routes from Vancouver International Airport, according to a recently released prospectus.
United Airlines struggles with new ground handler in Denver
United Airlines said it is working to resolve problems with its United Express ground handler at Denver International Airport, after customers have complained about missing and delayed bags.
Air Canada A319
Air Canada rouge eyes larger narrowbodies 
Air Canada, bolstered by a recent agreement with its pilots that clears the way to boost capacity at its leisure affiliate rouge, has decided to halt transfers of 136-seat Airbus A319s to its low-cost subsidiary and will instead mix in larger narrowbodies, an executive said in an interview.
American Airlines details plans for narrowbody fleet overhaul 
American Airlines is evaluating two types of business-class seats for its long-range Boeing 757s, one similar to what American has installed on its Airbus A321 transcontinental aircraft and the other akin to what JetBlue Airways has put on its Mint subfleet, an executive said in an interview.
United Airlines 787
United Airlines files Part 16 complaint against Newark Airport  1
United Airlines has filed an administrative complaint against the operator of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), accusing it of “imposing excessive, unreasonable and discriminatory charges” to generate surpluses it uses to fund non-airport expenses.
American Eagle E-175
American Airlines reaches tentative agreement with Envoy Air pilots  2
American Airlines has reached a second tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that will allow pilots at Envoy Air to fly Embraer E-175 aircraft.
Spirit Airlines A320
Spirit adding flights in Houston could prompt Southwest response 
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines could be planning a competitive response to Spirit Airlines’ recent decision to add seven new routes to Mexico and Central America from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, one analyst said in an interview.
JetBlue A320
JetBlue to stay the course in Latin America 
New York-based JetBlue Airways plans to continue expanding into the Caribbean and Latin America markets, “even as competitive pressures push fares downward,” an executive said in an interview.
United Airlines shifts 36 E-145s from ExpressJet to Trans States 
United Airlines will transfer 36 Embraer E-145 aircraft from ExpressJet Airlines to Trans States Airlines between February 2015 and early 2016.
Allegiant Air MD-80
Allegiant Air adds five cities, 14 new routes 
In a slight strategy shift, Allegiant Air announced 14 new routes on Wednesday, nearly all of which are designed to take travelers from midsize US cities to popular vacation destinations.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America details strategy in amended prospectus 
Virgin America expects to make only slight increases in capacity for most of 2015 before ramping up operations as it puts new Airbus A320 aircraft into service toward year-end, the carrier said this week in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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