Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
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).
Next step in airline transformation is digitization, analysts say 
US airlines have emerged from years of losses and bankruptcy to being among the most profitable in the world, but rising costs could derail them from this trajectory unless further transformation happens, consultants say.
Hawaiian, JetBlue CEOs say open skies must be protected 
Although the three largest US carriers are stepping up their lobbying efforts with the new administration to curtail Gulf carriers’ access to the US, the CEOs of two smaller US airlines are resolute in their continuing support for US open skies policy.
IATA: Air cargo recovering slowly 
The air-cargo industry, buffeted by the 2008 global financial crisis, is beginning a slow climb to returning to historic norms of growth, the IATA said at its AGM in Cancun.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue eyes transatlantic premium market 
It is no secret that New York-based low-cost carrier (LCC) JetBlue Airways is considering transatlantic flights, but the mix of premium and economy seats the LCC could offer on those flights remains a subject of internal debate.
Air Canada Boeing 787-9
Air Canada looks to Montreal-Beirut route 
The Montreal-Beirut route is an elusive prize that Air Canada very much wants to win.
Singapore Airlines first Asian carrier to join US TSA Pre-Check 
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved Singapore Airlines to participate in the agency’s expedited screening program, Pre-Check.
Thales: Cybersecurity a mounting concern as IFEs collect data 
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for airlines as evolving inflight entertainment (IFE) systems start using more sensitive passenger data.
Allegiant Air A320
Allegiant Air takes delivery of first new aircraft 
Allegiant Air has taken delivery of its first-ever new aircraft, an Airbus A320 that departed Toulouse May 16.
A laptop passes a US Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.
EU seeks US cooperation on electronics ban
European officials have invited their US counterparts to Europe for talks on aviation security in a bid to make their voices heard, as European airports and airlines on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean brace for an expected extension of the ban on electronics in aircraft cabins.
US electronics ban could extend to European airports 
The European Commission (EC) has told ACI Europe that the US ban on electronic devices could shortly be extended to European airports—but the US government has neither confirmed nor denied the new ban.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8
DOT officially amends Hainan Airlines’ permit to include Las Vegas 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has amended Hainan Airlines’ US operating permit to include Beijing-Las Vegas flights.
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 24, 2017

New US security rules are a win for common sense

The US government’s new security rules for all international flights bound for the US came into effect last week. I experienced them first hand at Auckland airport and, if that experience proves typical, this is a win for safety and for common sense....More
Jul 21, 2017

Joon know your target audience? ​

Air France has finally given birth to new lower-cost airline Joon, but is the baby too genetically similar to its elderly parent to appeal to millennials?...More
Jul 7, 2017

Wait-and-see approach is still best on new US security requirements

The foundation is in place for the new standards to be problematic for airlines down the road....More
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