Brian Sumers

Brian
Sumers
Aviation Week
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Los Angeles World Airports to sell Ontario International 
LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) will soon revert to local control, which could eventually lead to lower costs for airlines and possibly more air service.
Republic to present final contract offer to pilots Aug. 20 
Calling current demands from pilot-union leaders “outrageous and irrational,” Republic Airways Holdings executives said they plan to present a best-and-final contract offer to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 357 on Aug. 20.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America no longer subject to credit-card holdbacks 
Virgin America is no longer subject to credit-card holdbacks from processing companies, a development that should free up some short-term cash, the airline told investors recently.
WestJet Boeing 737-700
WestJet pilots reject union representation 
Pilots at Calgary-based WestJet Airlines rejected union representation this week, ensuring Canada’s second-largest carrier will remain union-free, at least for now.
ALPA reaches tentative contract with Air Wisconsin
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has reached a tentative agreement with Air Wisconsin on a new contract after nearly five years of negotiations, the union said.
United Airlines Boeing 737-700
United Airlines pilots may now taxi before receiving final weights
United Airlines is reverting to a pre-merger United policy that will permit all pilots to taxi before they receive final weights, the carrier said in a memo dated July 31.
SkyWest Bombardier CRJ200
SkyWest reinvents itself with smaller fleet 
Utah-based SkyWest Inc. will continue to shrink the fleets of its two regional carriers in an attempt to improve profitability, executives said during a call with investors last week.
Republic says it cannot fly the schedule it promised partners 
Republic Airways says the ongoing labor dispute with its pilots is in large part why the airline is cutting part of its planned schedule for later this year and the first half of 2016.
American Airlines 737-800
American Airlines revises capacity guidance downward 
American Airlines told investors July 10 it will increase system capacity for 2015 by only about 1%—lower than its initial estimate of up to 2%—a move cheered by many analysts.
Teamsters file lawsuit against Republic Airways over pilot pay  2
[UPDATED] The Teamsters union representing pilots at Republic Airways has filed suit against the carrier in federal court in Indianapolis, accusing it of illegally changing work rules and pay while the sides bargain on a new contract.
United Airlines Boeing 777-200
United Airlines shifts widebody flights 
United Airlines is shifting some widebody flights among its hubs, as it seeks to ensure more departures are flown by local pilots and tries to more closely align aircraft size with demand.
Southwest Airlines 737-300
Southwest flight attendant pact could spur new international routes 
Southwest Airlines should operate more efficiently and profitably to international destinations if flight attendants approve a proposed contract later this month, an airline representative said.
Routehappy expands relationship with Expedia 
Routehappy, which compiles data on amenities fliers can expect on almost every flight on more than 200 airlines, will soon provide information to many websites worldwide, the company announced June 30.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United hopes to reach tentative agreement with AFA this month 
United Airlines remains hopeful it will reach a tentative agreement with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) by July 23, or “relatively soon after,” an airline executive told employees recently.
More US airports sign with Boingo for Internet connectivity 
As more travelers expect free, reliable and fast Internet in terminals, US airports are increasingly turning to Boingo Wireless, an outside vendor, to provide it for them.

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