Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu Unnikrishnan
Managing Editor,
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DOT Decision On NAI Exemption Expected This Weekend 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) statutory deadline for making a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption to serve the U.S. is up this weekend, meaning a decision could be imminent. 

American: Asia Route Network Will Grow Stronger 

LAS VEGAS—American Airlines acknowledges Asia is a “weakness” in its network but points to recently launched routes to the continent and strong Oneworld alliance partnerships with Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific as factors that will make the U.S. carrier a stronger player in an increasingly important region.

American: Asia Route Network Will Grow Stronger 
Isom said that any weakness in Asia will be offset by the “strength of the U.S. network and our hubs.
DOT Decision On NAI Exemption Expected This Weekend 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) statutory deadline for making a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption to serve the U.S. is up this weekend, meaning a decision could be imminent. 

United Rolling Through A320 IFE Upgrades 
The carrier is deploying several IFE strategies, including traditional seat-back IFE systems and streaming content over the aircraft’s Wi-Fi system to personal devices, Jeff Foland, United executive vice president-marketing, said. Installation of the streaming entertainment system is “co-terminous” with installing Wi-Fi; the international 747 fleet has had the system installed as the fleet was upgraded with Wi-Fi, he said.
NAI, Unions Ask DOT To Rule Soon On Application 
“Over six months after NAI completed its application, and with a regulatory docket filled with hundreds of pages of pleadings, the [DOT] must now make a decision,” NAI said in a statement. “It is time to let [NAI] fly and give consumers the choice they deserve.”
Near-Term Oil Prices Likely To Remain Stable 

LAS VEGAS—The price of crude oil has remained roughly steady during the last year and increasing supplies means it is just as likely to fall as rise in the near-term, a petroleum industry analyst said.

The futures price for West Texas Intermediate has held steady at about $90 per barrel for the last year, Ben Brockwell, director of data at petroleum-industry consultancy OPIS, said at the Boyd International Aviation Summit here. But the day-to-day trading price—not the futures price—has been much lower, trading between $60-$70 per barrel.

Southwest To Expand Internationally After Full AirTran Integration 
Southwest Airlines sees “plenty” of opportunity for expansion in the north of South America with its existing fleet of Boeing 737s and will begin increasing its international service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida by 2017 or 2018, an executive at the Dallas-based carrier said at the Boyd International Aviation Summit.
Delta Strikes Back On Ex-Im 

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is reviewing another letter from Delta Air Lines calling for reform of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im).

In the latest salvo between Delta and Boeing, the Atlanta-based carrier refutes point-by-point claims Boeing made in a letter it sent to Hensarling earlier this month. Andrea Newman, Delta senior vice president-government affairs, seeks to counter “the inaccurate and incomplete statements in that letter.”

Oil Prices Likely To Be Stable In Near Term 
The futures price for West Texas Intermediate has held steady at about $90 per barrel for the last year, Ben Brockwell, director of data at petroleum-industry consultancy OPIS, said at the Boyd International Aviation Summit here. But the day-to-day trading price—not the futures price—has been much lower, trading between $60-$70 per barrel.
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