Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
DOT grants American’s request to delay LA-Beijing route launch 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted American Airlines’ request to delay the start of its proposed Los Angeles-Beijing service until Sept. 16.
United Boeing 787-8
United to launch San Francisco-Munich service
United Airlines is launching its first flight from its San Francisco hub to Munich for the summer schedule.
Allegiant Air plans to phase out its MD-80s within three years.
Allegiant Air to launch international service in 2018 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air plans to launch international flights in 2018, provided it can update its reservations system to handle foreign bookings.
Las Vegas eyes Asia for future routes 
Two months of Beijing-Las Vegas service has whetted Las Vegas’ appetite for more flights to China and elsewhere in Asia.
Aeromar ATR 42-600
Mexico’s Aeromar to grow capacity 40% 
Mexican regional operator Aeromar will add two US destinations in the next six to eight months, CEO Andres Fabre said.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800
Southwest eyes increasing foreign points of sale 
Southwest Airlines will focus on increasing foreign points of sale as it expands its international network.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
ALPA presses Trump to oppose Norwegian permit 
As US President Donald Trump prepares for a White House meeting Feb. 9 with airline and airport industry leaders, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has pressed its case for the administration to revoke Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) permit to fly to the US.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department Feb. 2.
US carriers ask incoming cabinet to review Open Skies policy 
The three US network carriers wasted no time after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s confirmation before asking him to review the Open Skies policy and the subsidies they allege Gulf carriers illegally get from their national governments.
Air China Boeing 777-300ER at LAX
American Airlines says China blocks Beijing slots 
Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlines is calling for the US Department of Transportation (DOT) not to renew Air China’s route authority for a Beijing-Houston flight until the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) gives American slots for its planned Los Angeles-Beijing flights.
Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
US legacy carriers appeal to Trump to block Emirates’ Athens route 
US legacy carriers and organized labor are appealing to the Trump administration to block Emirates Airline’s newly announced fifth-freedom route between Athens, Greece, and Newark Liberty International Airport.
United CCO Haywood steps down; returns to consultancy 
Julia Haywood is leaving United Airlines to return to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), less than six months after she took the chief commercial officer job at the Chicago-based airline.
DOT tentatively denies expansion of Qantas-American alliance 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has dealt Qantas and American Airlines a setback in their efforts to expand their alliance on routes between the US and Australia.
Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett
Berkshire Hathaway invests $1.3 billion in US mainline carriers 
Financial services firm Berkshire Hathaway has reversed course and made a $1.3 billion investment in three US airlines, not including an undisclosed investment in a fourth, regulatory documents show.
United opens automated security screening lanes at Chicago O’Hare 
Chicago-based United Airlines has opened automated security screening lanes at its hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Frontier Airlines A319
Frontier Airlines pilots request federal mediation 
Denver-based Frontier Airlines pilots have requested federal mediation in their negotiations with management, in a quest for what the union says is “industry-standard” terms for its members.
Blogs & Commentary
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