Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
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.
Airports must accommodate ridesharing apps 
Ridesharing companies are here to stay and it is imperative that airports find a way to accommodate them, the head of Pittsburgh’s airport authority said.
Stockholm, Punta Cana may get preclearance facilities 
International airports in Stockholm, Sweden and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic may be the next to get US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities, a CBP official said.
American and Delta spar over vacated DCA slot 
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are jockeying for a slot at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) being surrendered by Sun Country Airlines.
VivaLatinamerica on track to launch third airline in 2016 
VivaLatinamerica, the holding company that operates Mexico’s VivaAerobus and Colombia’s VivaColombia, is on track to launch a third airline next year.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900
Alaska Airlines to connect existing markets  1
Alaska Airlines is shifting focus after years of investing heavily in its Seattle hub to making connections between existing markets.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300
Southwest plans Fort Lauderdale international terminal for 2017  1
Southwest Airlines is planning to open a five-gate international facility at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida as it grows its beyond-US network.
Delta lawyer: US should request Gulf carrier capacity freeze  2
The coalition led by the three US legacy carriers and organized labor is asking the US government to request the three Gulf airlines freeze capacity to the US.
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