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Aviation Week
Hayes: Consolidation of US legacy carriers restrains JetBlue’s growth 
JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes has given a spirited defense of the role smaller carriers play in the international airline market, while condemning what he called anticompetitive behavior by the three large US legacy carriers.
Virgin America A320
Alaska Airlines to operate Virgin America A320s through 2020s 
Alaska Airlines will keep the Airbus A320 fleet it got through its acquisition of Virgin America for at least 10 more years, an executive with the carrier told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
American Airlines Boeing 767-300
American to unbundle fares on some transatlantic routes 
American Airlines is responding to transatlantic LCCs with an unbundled “basic economy” product, an executive for the carrier told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily in an interview.
Allegiant MD-80
Allegiant to retire MD-80s, 757s; suspend Hawaii service 
Las Vegas-based LCC Allegiant Air is in the process of retiring its 43 remaining MD-80s and should see the last ones exiting the fleet in 18 months, an airline executive told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
DOT approves American Airlines’ Beijing route extension request 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted a request from American Airlines for an extension to begin daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights.
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800
Copa doubles operating margins on regional GDP growth 
Resurgent economies in South America and currency stabilization contributed to Copa Airlines’ strong second-quarter results, with operating margins doubling in the quarter from 2016.
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.
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