Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
Gogo in talks with Middle East airlines for 2Ku satellite install
Inflight connectivity provider Gogo is in talks with several Middle Eastern airlines—including Dubai-based Emirates, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Qatar Airways—to provide its 2Ku satellite internet system, the company said at the Dubai Air Show.
Boeing 737 MAX 8
ALAFCO firms Boeing MAX order
Kuwait-based lessor ALAFCO has firmed an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft originally placed at the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
Emirates Airline Boeing 787-10
Clark: 787 order fits into Emirates’ fleet plans, stance on Open Skies
Emirates’ order for 40 Boeing 787-10s should not surprise anyone, because it fits naturally into the airline’s fleet plans, president Tim Clark said at the Dubai Air Show.
Azerbaijan Airlines signs for five 787s, two Boeing freighters
Azerbaijan Airlines signed an agreement with Boeing placing a firm order for five 787-8s and committing to order two very large freighters, either the 747-8F or the 777F.
American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base 
American Airlines plans to close its St. Louis pilot base in 2018, as it retires its remaining MD-80 fleet.
Hayes: Consolidation of US legacy carriers restrains JetBlue’s growth 
JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes has given a spirited defense of the role smaller carriers play in the international airline market, while condemning what he called anticompetitive behavior by the three large US legacy carriers.
Virgin America A320
Alaska Airlines to operate Virgin America A320s through 2020s 
Alaska Airlines will keep the Airbus A320 fleet it got through its acquisition of Virgin America for at least 10 more years, an executive with the carrier told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
American Airlines Boeing 767-300
American to unbundle fares on some transatlantic routes 
American Airlines is responding to transatlantic LCCs with an unbundled “basic economy” product, an executive for the carrier told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily in an interview.
Allegiant MD-80
Allegiant to retire MD-80s, 757s; suspend Hawaii service 
Las Vegas-based LCC Allegiant Air is in the process of retiring its 43 remaining MD-80s and should see the last ones exiting the fleet in 18 months, an airline executive told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
DOT approves American Airlines’ Beijing route extension request 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted a request from American Airlines for an extension to begin daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights.
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800
Copa doubles operating margins on regional GDP growth 
Resurgent economies in South America and currency stabilization contributed to Copa Airlines’ strong second-quarter results, with operating margins doubling in the quarter from 2016.
Delta continues Boston expansion 
Delta Air Lines is beefing up its Boston operation with two new routes, bringing the total number of destinations served from the city to 47.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest to boost international flights from Fort Lauderdale 
Southwest Airlines expects to handle 750,000 annual passengers at a new international concourse at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport after its November schedule begins.
Volaris Airbus A320
Mexico’s Volaris to double international routes 
Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Volaris plans to double the number of international routes it serves in the next five years, CEO Enrique Beltranena said at the IATA AGM in Cancun.
Further US airline consolidation unlikely for now 
Further airline industry consolidation is unlikely in the US in the near future, but carriers may seek to grow through joint ventures or investments in foreign airlines, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
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