Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
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.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800
Southwest labor unions call for resignations of CEO, COO 
Four Southwest Airlines unions are calling for the resignations of CEO Gary Kelly and COO Mike Van de Ven, citing what they call “leadership failures.”
American Airlines 777-200
American challenges Delta Haneda route 
American Airlines said the US Department of Transportation (DOT) award of a daytime Minneapolis–Tokyo Haneda flight to Delta Air Lines does not serve the public interest.
Brexit: EU-US Open Skies treaty remains in force—for now 
Airlines will continue operating under the same regulations, at least in the near-to-medium term, despite the UK’s vote June 23 to leave the European Union (EU), or “Brexit,” experts say.
ALTA: Caribbean tourism hindered by taxes, regulations 
The lack of air connectivity among the islands of the Caribbean remains one of the tallest barriers to unlocking the full potential of the region’s tourism market, the head of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
Latin America aviation infrastructure needs more investment  1
Passenger traffic in Latin America is expected to grow between 5%-10% per year over the next 10 years, but this growth could be hampered by lack of government investment in infrastructure, air traffic control systems and airports, industry leaders said at the ALTA Pan American Aviation Safety Summit.
Podcast: Strong Words Beneath The Surface At The IATA AGM
At this year’s IATA annual general meeting in Dublin, the Middle East carriers once again dominated the news. While the CEOs of Delta and Emirates refused to engage in a public spat over open dkies, Qatar Airways was considerably less restrained. Aircraft tracking was also high on the agenda, but no consensus was reached on how to resolve the issue. Listen in as our editors discuss all this and the latest on Qatar Airways refusing its first A320neo.
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.”
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