Brian Sumers

Aviation Week
United Airlines Boeing 787
United Airlines asks DOT for extension on second SFO-Shanghai flight 
Struggling to secure slots from the Chinese government, United Airlines has asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a 60-day extension to start a second daily San Francisco (SFO)-Shanghai flight.
Allegiant Air MD-80
Allegiant seeks to explain business model to customers 
As it expands to larger cities, including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, Allegiant Air is trying to improve how it communicates its business model to customers to make it more “transparent.”
SFO licenses technology to track Uber and Lyft drivers 
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is licensing a new technology that allows airports to track rideshare drivers, including ones from popular companies Uber and Lyft, to ensure they’re paying proper fees when accessing airport roadways.
United Airlines pilots respond to Jan. 9 Safety Bulletin 
United Airlines pilots have asked management to overhaul training programs to place a greater emphasis on communication and ensure crews follow standard operating procedures more closely.
American Eagle CRJ700
Envoy Air to close New York JFK and LGA bases
American Airlines subsidiary Envoy Air will reduce its Bombardier CRJ700s from New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports beginning in May.
United Airlines Boeing 737-700
United to change APU procedures after successful Denver test 1
United Airlines pilots on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 fleets will stop starting the auxiliary power unit (APU) after arrival to save money, the carrier told pilots recently.
Spirit Airlines A320
Spirit Airlines is prepared for Atlanta competition
Florida-based ultra-low-cost carrier (LCC) Spirit Airlines is confident it can compete effectively with Frontier Airlines in Atlanta while not taking too much share from Delta Air Lines, a Spirit executive told ATW.
WestJet eyes widebody service to Europe, emerging markets 
Although WestJet Airlines continues to explore the possibility of flying widebody aircraft to emerging markets in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, the carrier still believes it can make money by launching new service to Europe, despite considerable competition on many key routes.
Airlines say little about possible plans for New York LaGuardia 
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed this week it is exploring altering the 1,500-mile perimeter rule at New York LaGuardia Airport, but most US carriers said it is too early to consider what could mean for their networks, with one exception: Virgin America.
Air China 747-8I
Air China plots North American expansion 
Air China is seeing slight a slot drop in premium cabin corporate traffic to North America, but has made up for it with a “surge” in paid travel from individuals, including for first class, the airline’s top US executive told ATW.
WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400
WestJet Encore plots US expansion with Q400s 
Calgary-based WestJet Airlines’ regional subsidiary WestJet Encore has received all required approvals to fly to the US, a move that should open new markets the carrier has been unable to serve, allowing it to more forcefully compete with Air Canada, company executives said.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900
Alaska Airlines seeks to transfer LAX-Mexico City authority to American 
Alaska Airlines is seeking to transfer its authority to fly between Los Angeles and Mexico City to American Airlines, a move that would permit American to start double-daily flights June 4.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900
Alaska Airlines objects to PFCs for new Seattle arrivals building 
Alaska Airlines is asking the commission in charge of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to alter plans to pay for an expanded international arrivals facility mostly with Passenger Facilities Charges (PFCs).
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.

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