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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.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America to add San Francisco-Denver service in March 2016 
Virgin America will add San Francisco-Denver service in March, a move that will give the low-cost carrier (LCC) service to each of the 10 most-popular destinations from San Francisco, as measured by daily passengers each way.
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit explores Wi-Fi, but only if it bears no cost  1
Florida-based ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines is interested in adding onboard Internet, but only if a connectivity company installs and operates it at no cost to the carrier, an airline spokesman said.
Allegiant Air MD-80
CEO: Allegiant’s unique model makes it immune to competitive pressures 
Las Vegas-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Allegiant Air CEO Maury Gallagher said he is not surprised legacy carriers have been more aggressive in their pricing strategies recently, but suggested his airline is immune to competitive pressures because of its unique model.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United pilot union leaders to meet with management 
United Airlines pilot union leaders have voted to meet with management to discuss a possible contract extension, bringing it one step closer to placing an order for 100-seat jets, ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily has learned.
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