Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
Southwest Airlines 737-700
Southwest focuses international network on leisure 
Southwest Airlines’ growing international network is focused on bringing US-based leisure travelers to vacation destinations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, but that could change as the network matures, the carrier’s network planning chief said.
Debate over Gulf carrier access shows no sign of cooling 1
The US government is “taking very seriously” the request Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and their labor groups have made that consultations begin with the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on alleged subsidies for the airlines from those countries, a US Department of State official said.
US airline industry faces host of labor problems 
The US airline industry must safeguard itself against “atypical employment practices,” which could threaten safety as well as destroy the compact between employer and employee, a labor leader said here.
British Airways and Iberia aircraft
IAG’s British Airways, Iberia leave AEA in clash over Gulf carriers 
In the worst clash so far among European airlines over how to deal with the Persian Gulf carriers, Iberia and British Airways (BA) left industry lobby group Association of European Airlines (AEA) at the end of March.
Interjet A320
Interjet reapplies for exemptions on three US-Mexico routes 
Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Interjet is asking the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to operate flights between Mexico City and Miami, New York and San Antonio, Texas, flights the carrier operated until its authority “unintentionally” lapsed earlier this month.
United Airlines Boeing 787
United Airlines set to start Chicago O’Hare re-banking 
United Airlines will begin re-banking its Chicago O’Hare hub this month, and reports success with last year’s re-banking of its Denver and Houston hubs.
Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-800
Norwegian’s US employees urge NAI approval 
Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (NAS) US-based employees are urging the Obama administration to approve Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier’s permit application, adding their voices to the din surrounding NAI’s controversial application.
Norwegian Boeing 737-800
ALPA, US airlines object to NAI Ex-Im financing 
Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) opponents have opened a new front in their battle to keep the long-haul low-cost carrier from operating to the US by objecting to the carrier’s loan guarantees from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) for aircraft purchases.
Low fuel prices not changing fleet or network plans—for now 
US carriers continue to say they are not altering network and fleet plans in light of low oil prices, although the temptation to add capacity may prove too great if jet fuel prices don’t rise.
Volaris A320
Volaris focused on VFR, Mexican diaspora markets 
Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Volaris is “very focused” on the visiting friends and family (VFR) market, although it will not “say no” to more business traffic, Manuel Ambriz Lopez, manager of commercial strategy and network planning, said in an interview at the Routes Americas conference in Denver, Colorado.
US airlines lead world for inflight Wi-Fi 
The US domestic airline fleet leads the world for installed wireless Internet connectivity onboard, data from the online travel site Routehappy show.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-900
Washington governor argues for Delta to retain Haneda slots 
Washington governor Jay Inslee is the latest public official to weigh in on which city should get—or in Seattle’s case, retain—coveted slots at Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport.
American, Hawaiian airlines lay out Haneda arguments 
American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are making their cases to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on why they should be awarded slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport currently held by Delta Air Lines for service from Seattle.
DOT denies Delta Air Lines, will begin Haneda route case proceeding  1
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) said it will start a route case proceeding for slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, handing a victory to American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.
Southwest 737
Southwest argues for Houston-Mexico route authorities 
Southwest Airlines maintains the US Department of Transportation (DOT) should reallocate one of United Airline’s designations for service between Houston and San Jose del Cabo and Mexico City, arguing that its service is more in the public interest than the regional jet flights operated by Utah-based SkyWest Airlines on behalf of United.

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