Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
Norwegian 787-8 at Los Angeles International Airport
Norwegian US routes issue to top US-EU meeting in April
Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) pending application for permission to serve the US will be on the agenda at the next US-European Union aviation meeting, in April in Washington DC.
Delta Air Lines 767-300
Analysts: 2016 to be strong year for US airlines
Fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results, which most carriers begin reporting this week, should reveal that the US airline industry will once again lead the world in terms of revenues and profits, Wall Street analysts and a credit-ratings agency believe.
Norwegian 737-800
Norwegian: Labor groups requests ‘unprecedented,’ ‘unwarranted’
Norwegian’s British subsidiary, Norwegian UK (NUK), is batting aside claims by its critics that it needs to supply more information to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to obtain a foreign air carrier permit.
American Airlines 757-200
American saves $673 million in fuel costs in 2015 
American Airlines is sticking to its strategy of not hedging fuel costs, a decision it says has saved $673 million this year.
US, Japan still no deal on Haneda access  2

The US and Japan have still not reached a deal on further access to Tokyo Haneda Airport after three days of talks last week in Washington.

US-Mexico air services agreement may be approved in 1Q 2016 
The US government has approved the liberalized US-Mexico air services agreement, but the Mexican Senate must ratify it before it can go into effect, a top US Department of Transportation official has said.
US customs may expand US Global Entry to foreign nationals  2
Citizens of the UK will soon be allowed to join the US Global Entry expedited screening program as the US explores ways to expand the program.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
DOT approves American 60-day extension on Haneda route 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted American Airlines a 60-day extension for its Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda service, and has taken the unusual step of naming Hawaiian Airlines’ proposed Kona-Haneda route as a back-up if American does not fulfill the terms of the initial award.
IATA warns Senate not to divert $4.4 billion in airline security fees 
IATA is warning the US Senate that a plan to divert airline security fees to fund surface transportation needs could violate international aviation agreements.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
American Airlines makes changes to loyalty program  2
American Airlines will switch the way members of its AAdvantage loyalty program earn rewards from the number of miles flown to the amount spent for a ticket.
Rendering of 737 MAX 8 and -9
Panama’s Copa pulls back on fleet expansion on weak economy 
Panama flag carrier Copa Airlines plans to stick to its model of connecting the Americas and will not expand its fleet to include widebody aircraft capable of serving Europe, CEO Pedro Heilbron said at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Latin America Forum.
Azul E195
Azul insulated from Brazil’s faltering economy 
Azul Linhas Aereas is more insulated from Brazil’s sputtering economy than its competitors in the country, in part because of the large number of Embraer aircraft in its fleet, CFO John Rodgerson said at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Latin America Forum.
Sky Airline
Chile’s Sky Airline transforms to LCC model 
Near-term capacity growth for Santiago, Chile-based Sky Airline will come from increased aircraft utilization, as the carrier takes a cautious approach to growth.
Delta Air Lines 737-300
Delta to buy six slot pairs at London Heathrow from Air France-KLM 
Delta Air Lines is buying six slot pairs at slot-constrained London Heathrow Airport from joint-venture partner Air France-KLM, the Atlanta-based airline’s executives said on Oct. 14.
New airline business models fill gaps left by consolidations 
Airline consolidation has left many small and medium airports without—or with significantly reduced—air service, but new airline business models have arisen to fill some of the vacuum.
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