Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
Less Liberal?
With more than 100 liberalized air services agreements in place, the US State Department touts Open Skies policy on its website fact sheet as “promoting increased travel and trade and spurring high-quality job opportunity and economic growth.” In reality, some in the US are questioning whether Open Skies policy should be “revisited.”
Southwest pilots: 737 MAX 8 not covered by contract 
Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines’ pilots union is seeking court protection to prevent the airline from operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft without a contract provision for the type, a suit the airline calls “premature.”
Hawaiian Airlines wins DOT approval to Tokyo Haneda
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Hawaiian Airlines the right to operate between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii.
Southwest exec: Mexico City slot allocation process ‘not transparent’ 
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is in what it says is the “first phase” of its expansion in Mexico, targeting leisure routes to resort destinations.
Airline execs concerned about liberalization reversal
Airline leaders at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aviation Symposium say they remain concerned that protectionism is rising and could threaten further liberalization in the global airline industry.
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American Airlines defends proposed Haneda slots 
American Airlines has presented a defense of why it should be allocated two daytime slots from the US to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport, and subsequently dismissed rival claims by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
ATW Podcast: What will it take to complete Alaska & Virgin America merger?
ATW editor-in-chief Karen Walker and Aviation Daily editor Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the Alaska Airlines deal to acquire and merge with Virgin America; what’s needed to complete the deal, why it was so appealing and potential fleet options.
MRJ: Main US challenges are scope clauses, certification 
Airlines’ pilot scope clauses remain the biggest impediment to the MRJ succeeding in the US regional jet market, Mitsubishi Aircraft US CEO Masao Yamagami told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily at the MRO Americas 2016 trade show.
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CEO: American shifts focus to employees, product  4
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says, now that much of the integration with US Airways has been completed, the carrier will focus on investing in its employees and onboard product.
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Southwest on track to fully integrate reservations systems next year 
Southwest Airlines sees the potential for “hundreds of millions of dollars” in incremental revenue when it fully integrates its domestic and international reservations systems next year.
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Copa Holdings net profit down 49% in 2015 
Copa Holdings—parent company of Panama-based Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia—reported 2015 net profit of $185.4 million, down 49% compared to 2014.
Alaska Airlines 737-800 new branding
Alaska Airlines signs new ad agency, designer for new uniforms 
As part of its new brand refresh and marketing campaign, Alaska Airlines has chosen a new advertising agency of record, its first agency change in 20 years.
Norwegian 787-8 at Los Angeles International Airport
Norwegian US routes issue to top US-EU meeting in April 
Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) pending application for permission to serve the US will be on the agenda at the next US-European Union aviation meeting, in April in Washington DC.
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Analysts: 2016 to be strong year for US airlines 
Fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results, which most carriers begin reporting this week, should reveal that the US airline industry will once again lead the world in terms of revenues and profits, Wall Street analysts and a credit-ratings agency believe.
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Norwegian: Labor groups requests ‘unprecedented,’ ‘unwarranted’ 
Norwegian’s British subsidiary, Norwegian UK (NUK), is batting aside claims by its critics that it needs to supply more information to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to obtain a foreign air carrier permit.
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Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered

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