With more than 100 liberalized air services agreements in place, the US State Department touts Open Skies policy on its website fact sheet as “promoting increased travel and trade and spurring high-quality job opportunity and economic growth.”
In reality, some in the US are questioning whether Open Skies policy should be “revisited.”
Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines’ pilots union is seeking court protection to prevent the airline from operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft without a contract provision for the type, a suit the airline calls “premature.”
Airline leaders at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aviation Symposium say they remain concerned that protectionism is rising and could threaten further liberalization in the global airline industry.
American Airlines has presented a defense of why it should be allocated two daytime slots from the US to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport, and subsequently dismissed rival claims by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
ATW editor-in-chief Karen Walker and Aviation Daily editor Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the Alaska Airlines deal to acquire and merge with Virgin America; what’s needed to complete the deal, why it was so appealing and potential fleet options.
Airlines’ pilot scope clauses remain the biggest impediment to the MRJ succeeding in the US regional jet market, Mitsubishi Aircraft US CEO Masao Yamagami told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily at the MRO Americas 2016 trade show.
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’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.
The first leg started and finished well. Bag drop-off at Washington Dulles was a breeze – I had checked in online, walked right up to the counter and the bag was tagged and placed on the belt in two minutes....More