Brian Sumers

Aviation Week
Piedmont Airlines, American to decide future of Dash 8 fleet  1
Salisbury, Maryland-based Piedmont Airlines and its parent company, American Airlines, soon must make decisions about the future of the regional carrier’s Bombardier Dash 8 fleet.
Allegiant Air MD-80
Allegiant Air softens image as it moves into larger markets 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is increasing its marketing budget and investing more in customer service as it moves into larger markets, such as Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Memphis, executives said in a briefing at the carrier’s headquarters.
American Airlines 737-800
Gogo to offer 2Ku Internet to American Airlines 
Gogo acknowledged on Feb. 25 that American Airlines is permitted to change Internet providers on roughly 200 Boeing 737s if, in the airline’s “reasonable judgment,” it receives a more favorable contract proposal from another company.
Emirates A380
Emirates to start second daily service to Los Angeles in July 
As recently as eight years ago, only one airline flew between Los Angeles and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Qatar—but this summer, three carriers will fly four daily flights.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America to begin Los Angeles-Honolulu service 
Virgin America it will fly from Los Angeles to Honolulu and Maui later this year.
Frontier to increase footprint using less-than-daily routes 
Denver-based ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) Frontier Airlines will continue to search for routes to fly only 3X- or 4X-weekly, so it can increase its footprint without committing too much capacity to unproven markets.
Emirates A380
Emirates to add second A380 flight from Los Angeles 
Dubai-based Emirates Airline will add a second daily Airbus A380 flight from Los Angeles next summer, timing the new departure to connect with an early morning bank of departures from Dubai, many bound for India and Pakistan.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America petitions DOT to eliminate fleet size limit 
Virgin America expects the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve its recent petition to remove the limit governing how many aircraft the carrier can fly.
United pilots’ union leadership votes to approve 2-year contract extension 
United Airlines is one step closer to placing an order for new small narrowbody aircraft, after a key union committee voted on Dec. 22 to approve a proposed two-year contract extension.
Canada, Australia expand agreement 
Canada and Australia are doubling the number of seats airlines can fly per week between the two countries under an expanded air transport agreement, effective immediately, the Canadian government has said.
Silver Airways Saab 340Bplus aircraft
Silver Airways mulls ‘a range of strategic alternatives’ 
Silver Airways is hiring advisors at Raymond James to “evaluate a range of strategic alternatives,” including a merger or “ownership transition,” strategic partnerships, or new investments from outside groups.
Spirit Airlines A319
CEO: Spirit Airlines to stay with strategy 
Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza has called Delta Air Lines’ basic economy fare an example of “good creative management,” saying Delta’s strategy makes it “hard for us to grow in their markets.”
United Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Denver International Airport
United adds five more San Francisco-Denver flights 
United Airlines has taken an aggressive stance toward Virgin America’s entry into the San Francisco-Denver market, adding five additional flights on weekdays beginning in March 2016.
WestJet to wet-lease two Boeing 767s after ETOPS delay 
WestJet Airlines will wet-lease two Boeing 767s from Omni Air International for one month beginning on Dec. 11 due to a delay in receiving its own ETOPS certification, an airline spokesman said.
Allegiant Air Boeing 757-200
Allegiant to stop Honolulu service, retire 757s 
Four years after its first flight to Hawaii, Allegiant Air will end its costly experiment, saying it will pull out of Honolulu in August 2016 and retire all of its Boeing 757s by 2017.
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