Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
US remains committed to Open Skies policy 
The US government is not wavering from its Open Skies policy and will negotiate Open Skies deals with any friendly country that is interested, despite calls for government to roll back liberalization in order to protect the US airline industry, a senior US Department of State official said.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American, pilots continue talks on contract proposal, counterproposal 
American Airlines and its pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), remain locked in talks over a new contract proposed by management last week and a union counterproposal, with each side claiming that its version is in the pilots’ best interest.
New visa regulations expected to increase US-China travel 
New visa reciprocal visa regulations between the US and China that go into force Nov. 12 could dramatically affect transpacific demand by markedly increasing the number of visitors from China to the US.
American Airlines A319
American makes case for why it deserves Haneda slot 
American Airlines is laying out a case for how it thinks the US Department of Transportation (DOT) should seize Delta Air Lines’ Seattle-Haneda flights and reallocate it to the Dallas-based carrier for flights from Los Angeles without re-starting the full reallocation process.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American stays with miles-based loyalty program for merged system 
American Airlines is not moving to a revenue-based frequent flyer program when it merges its AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles systems in the second quarter of next year, but the Dallas-based carrier is not ruling out such a change in the future.
American hurt by Venezuela exposure, but posts record quarterly profit 
American Airlines, which has the most exposure to Venezuela of any US carrier, expects the country’s economic travails to result in a 2%-4% decrease in the carrier’s system-wide fourth-quarter unit revenue.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737
Southwest reports profits up; plans measured 2015 capacity increase 
Southwest Airlines will see most of its capacity growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 and next year come from expansion at two airports, Dallas Love Field and Washington National Airport (DCA), and upgauging as it removes its remaining Boeing 717s from its fleet.
Delta Air Lines A330-200
Delta: Seattle-Haneda schedule complies with DOT rules 
Delta Air Lines is striking back against claims that it is misusing its slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and stated in a filing the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has no precedent for seizing and reallocating the slots.
Norwegian Air Shuttle 787-8
European Commission requests ‘urgent’ joint committee meeting on NAI 
The European Commission has called for an “urgent” meeting of the joint committee that governs the US-European Union (EU) open skies to discuss the US Department of Transportation's (DOT) delay in approving Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to serve the US.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
American: Delta ‘squandering’ Tokyo Haneda slots from Seattle 
American Airlines is asking the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to seize one of Delta Air Lines’ Tokyo Haneda frequencies and reallocate it to American for service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
JetBlue A320
Southwest, American object to JetBlue’s DCA-JAX flights 
Documents filed by Southwest Airlines and American Airlines objecting to JetBlue Airways’ proposed Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)-Washington National (DCA) service show just how contentious the battle for valuable slots at the close-in Washington airport can be.
Ex-Im extension delays reauthorization decision 
The US House of Representatives has temporarily extended the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ (Ex-Im) authorization until June of next year, setting the stage for further debate on the institution’s mission among manufacturers, labor, airlines and lawmakers.
E-175 in United Express livery
United bets on efficiencies from 50-seater retirements 
United Airlines expects to reap a significant yield advantage by accelerating the retirement of 50-seat regional jets in favor of 76-seat regionals, the company’s CFO told investors this week.
United Airlines 787
United, AFA reach buyout deal for flight attendants 
United Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) have agreed to an unprecedented $100,000 buyout for as many as 2,000 eligible flight attendants, who agree to leave the company between November of this year and November 2015.
Southwest sees as many as 50 potential international markets 
Future growth in Southwest Airlines’ network will come from its growing number of international routes, and the carrier sees potential in 50 “dots,” or new destinations, within reach of its current fleet of Boeing 737s.

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