Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
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.
Allegiant Air A319
Allegiant Air to reach leisure travelers on Newark routes 
Allegiant Air’s service to Newark, launching in November, is an attempt to reach what COO Jude Bricker said is the “top leisure destination” in the US—New York City.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest developing new res system to include foreign sales 
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines’ international expansion could take it to Canada, and an executive for the company did not rule out eventual transatlantic flights.
United Airlines Boeing 787-8
United to expand network into China’s secondary cities 
United Airlines’ expansion into secondary cities in China is a key part of its network strategy, and the airline is betting on expansion in those markets, an executive for the carrier said at the Boyd International Aviation Forecast Summit in Olympic Valley, California.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America CEO: Moving to Dallas Love Field was ‘right decision’ 
Dallas Love Field could prove to be a profitable market for Alaska Airlines if it keeps the gates Virgin America acquired at the facility after the Seattle-based carrier merges with San Francisco-based Virgin America.
Randy Babbitt
SWA labor chief & former FAA administrator Babbitt to retire 
Southwest Airlines head of labor relations and former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt is to retire, the airline announced.
American Airlines 787-8
American tells DOT it will fly to Haneda and Narita if awarded slot 
American Airlines is trying to strengthen its case for an additional slot at Tokyo Haneda Airport by telling the US Department of Transportation (DOT) it will operate flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to both Haneda and Tokyo Narita airports.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300
American: Delta should operate Haneda route year-round 
American Airlines is reiterating its request that the US Department of Transportation (DOT) require Delta Air Lines to operate its proposed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport-Tokyo Haneda Airport (MSP–HND) flight daily with a 291-seat Boeing 777 aircraft.
Spirit Airlines A320
Spirit Airlines makes executive changes 
Florida-based ultra low-cost carrier (LCC) Spirit Airlines is making a number of executive changes at the carrier, as new CEO Robert Fornaro settles into his job.
Norwegian 787-8
NAI appeals to European transport commissioner to start US service 
Norwegian Air International (NAI) is appealing to European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to help the carrier make its case for starting US service.
Southwest Airlines 737-700
Southwest: US LCC should get Mexico City slots 
Southwest Airlines said it should be considered before American Airlines and Volaris for any slot divestitures at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) that Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico must make in order for the Mexican and US governments to approve their proposed immunized joint venture (JV).
Southwest Airlines 737-800
Southwest board stands behind Kelly after no-confidence vote 
Southwest Airlines’ board of directors is standing behind CEO Gary Kelly and COO Mike Van de Ven, batting aside four unions’ public “vote of no confidence” calling for the executives to resign.
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