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Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Week
US carriers file for new Havana frequencies 
Several US carriers have filed a flurry of documents with the Department of Transportation (DOT), vying for newly available frequencies to Havana, Cuba.
2018 commercial aviation industry market forecast 
The global airline industry continues to prove it can deliver profits year after year.
Allegiant, Delta make senior IT management changes 
Las Vegas-based ultra LCC Allegiant Air and Delta Air Lines and have announced changes to their senior information-technology management.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American Airlines consolidates New York La Guardia operations 
American Airlines has consolidated its New York’s LaGuardia Airport operations at Terminal B, bringing together legacy US Airways services from another terminal and existing ones for Dallas/Fort Worth-based American.
DOT opens new frequency allocation for Havana flights 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is opening a new frequency allocation proceeding to assign six daily roundtrip slots between the US and Havana, Cuba.
Latin America demand rises despite high-tax environment 
Governments in Latin America that view air travel as a luxury and airlines as an easy tax target have resulted in a proliferation of fees and taxes on aviation in the region, hampering growth.
Cuba market strong despite anemic US demand 
IATA does not foresee more US carriers pulling out of Cuba and says the airlines now serving are the “right players” for the market.
IATA stresses need for UAV operation standards 
IATA is working with ICAO to develop standards for the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including how airlines and cargo operators use drones and how they will be integrated into airspace.
DOT cancels AOC for Eastern Air Lines 
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has canceled Eastern Air Lines’ air operator’s certificate (AOC), thus bringing to close a long-running—and some say, quixotic—attempt to revive a name storied in aviation history.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900
DOT opens frequency allocation proceeding for Havana flights 
Alaska Airlines’ decision to drop its daily Los Angeles-Havana flight has prompted the Department of Transportation (DOT) to start a frequency allocation proceeding for flights to Cuba’s capital from the US.
Gogo in talks with Middle East airlines for 2Ku satellite install 
Inflight connectivity provider Gogo is in talks with several Middle Eastern airlines—including Dubai-based Emirates, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Qatar Airways—to provide its 2Ku satellite internet system, the company said at the Dubai Air Show.
Boeing 737 MAX 8
ALAFCO firms Boeing MAX order 
Kuwait-based lessor ALAFCO has firmed an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft originally placed at the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
Emirates Airline Boeing 787-10
Clark: 787 order fits into Emirates’ fleet plans, stance on Open Skies 
Emirates’ order for 40 Boeing 787-10s should not surprise anyone, because it fits naturally into the airline’s fleet plans, president Tim Clark said at the Dubai Air Show.
Azerbaijan Airlines signs for five 787s, two Boeing freighters 
Azerbaijan Airlines signed an agreement with Boeing placing a firm order for five 787-8s and committing to order two very large freighters, either the 747-8F or the 777F.
American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base 
American Airlines plans to close its St. Louis pilot base in 2018, as it retires its remaining MD-80 fleet.
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