Brian Sumers

Aviation Week
United Airlines Boeing 737-700
United Airlines creates new Digital Operations Center 
In an effort to avoid “costly [public relations] and litigation,” United Airlines will open a Digital Operations Center at its Chicago headquarters to more effectively monitor social media, message boards and other online channels, the carrier told employees in a recent note.
Air Canada opposes Porter’s plans for Toronto City Airport 
Air Canada said it opposes improvements to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that would permit Porter Airlines to operate Bombardier CSeries aircraft from the facility, arguing the airport should continue allowing only turboprop operations.
Allegiant Air pilots’ strike blocked by temporary restraining order 
[UPDATE April 2: The threatened strike by pilots at Allegiant Air has been put on hold following a US District Court decision on April 1 to issue a temporary restraining order]. Pilots at Allegiant Air announced they plan to strike on April 2 even though they were not authorized to walk off the job by the National Mediation Board (NMB), a move that could ground more than 250 flights, officials at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) said.
Allegiant files suit against pilots union to block proposed strike 
Allegiant Air filed suit on March 30 against its pilot union in federal court in Nevada to prevent an “imminent strike among Allegiant’s pilots,” which the airline fears would “have a significant impact on Allegiant and its customers.”
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.

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