Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu
Unnikrishnan
Aviation Week
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Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest signals intentions for Houston-Mexico City
Southwest Airlines is revealing where it plans to fly in Mexico through filings with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that support—or at least do not object to—another airline’s plans in that country.
Boeing strikes back against Delta in letter to Congress 
Boeing is escalating the war of words between it and Delta Air Lines over the role of the Export-Import Bank of the US (Ex-Im) with a letter to the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee that refutes, point-by-point, a letter the Atlanta-based carrier sent last week.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue remains committed to point-to-point model 
Even as JetBlue Airways expands into the Caribbean and Latin America—and develops focus cities along the US East Coast—it continues thinking of itself as a point-to-point low-cost carrier, CEO Dave Barger said.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400
Delta, Boeing—on opposite sides—appeal to Congress on Ex-Im reauthorization 
Delta Air Lines refutes Boeing’s claims that export credit financing from the Export-Import Bank of the US (Ex-Im) does not harm US carriers and calls for reform of the institution when Congress debates its reauthorization this fall.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787-8
EC: NAI application complies with US-EU Open Skies agreement 
The European Commission (EC) is urging the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit, arguing that the application does not violate the US-EU Open Skies agreement’s clause on labor regulations.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American Airlines eliminates Charlotte-Brazil flights, adds Miami-Viracopos 2
American Airlines is retooling its Latin America schedule this winter, ending a São Paolo-Charlotte, North Carolina service, to focus on Miami, Florida, as the carrier’s gateway to the continent.
Irish Civil Aviation Authority rejects NAI’s detractors’ claims 
Ireland’s director general of civil aviation is the latest high-ranking official to throw his support behind Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) struggle to secure a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
IATA calls on Maduro to repatriate airline revenues from Venezuela
IATA has sent its fourth letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to allow airlines to repatriate funds, now estimated to be $4.1 billion, at the original exchange rate.
More groups, lawmakers join the fight for and against NAI 
Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) plan to serve the US is facing fresh opposition from another airline union and eight members of the Georgia Congressional delegation.
ALPA, Delta redouble efforts on Ex-Im reform 
A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report this week on widebody aircraft financing from the Export-Import Bank of the US (Ex-Im) has renewed efforts by Delta Air Lines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to urge Congress to reform the institution.
United, Southwest at odds on Mexican service 
United Airlines said its application for seasonal service to Mexico still will leave one available designation for another US carrier to serve the routes, thereby dismissing Southwest Airlines’ letter of support for United’s application.
United Airlines Boeing 787
United Airlines to outsource 637 jobs at 12 airports 
United Airlines will outsource 637 customer-service and baggage-handling jobs at 12 airports, while bringing those jobs in-house at three other airports as it seeks ways to cut costs.
Volaris A320
Volaris applies for route authorities still held by Mexicana 
Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Volaris has asked the US Transportation Department (DOT) to extend the carrier’s authority to serve four routes from Mexico City—Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas—and one route between Monterrey, Mexico and Chicago.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400
Delta’s June PRASM growth lower than forecast 
Delta Air Lines missed Wall Street’s marks with its June traffic report, in which the Atlanta-based carrier said traffic, measured in RPMs, rose 3% on capacity, measured in ASMs, that was 3.1% higher than last year.

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