Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
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.”
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.
American Airlines 787
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.
American Airlines 777-300ER
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.
Southwest Airlines 737-800
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.
Copa Airlines 737-800
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.
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