Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu Unnikrishnan
Managing Editor,
Aviation Daily
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JetBlue Remains Committed To Point-to-Point Model 

Even as JetBlue Airways expands into the Caribbean and Latin America and develops focus cities along the U.S. East Coast, it continues thinking of itself as a point-to-point low-cost carrier (LCC), CEO Dave Barger said.

Boeing Strikes Back Against Delta In Letter To Congress 
In a letter addressed to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Tim Keating, Boeing senior vice president-government operations, argued that Delta “mischaracterizes” the role Ex-Im plays in the global financial system, adding that barring Ex-Im from providing loan guarantees for foreign airline purchases of Boeing products would do the U.S. airframer material harm.
JetBlue Remains Committed To Point-to-Point Model 
System-wide, connections account for 14% of all traffic, Barger told Aviation Week reporters during an editorial roundtable last week. “We plan to continue being a point-to-point airline,” he said.
Southwest July PRASM Growth Surprises Analysts, Industry 

Southwest Airlines reported in July that unit revenue grew by a percentage point more than it had previously guided, beating expectations on both growing load factors and traffic.

The carrier said its passenger revenue per available seat-mile (PRASM) grew by 4% in July, up from the 3% growth-guidance which the carrier reported last month. Traffic rose 6.6% on capacity that was up 2.6%, while July load factor was almost 87%, compared with 83.5% in July of last year. Average stage length also rose 0.8%.

Copa Cutting Venezuela Schedule; 50% Less Capacity By Year’s End 

Copa Airlines repatriated $43 million of the $528 million it has trapped in Venezuela in June, but the carrier plans to reduce its exposure to the bolivar further by reducing capacity to the country by another 10%.

Southwest July PRASM Growth Surprises Analysts, Industry 
The carrier said its passenger revenue per available seat-mile (PRASM) grew by 4% in July, up from the 3% growth-guidance which the carrier reported last month.
Copa Cutting Venezuela Schedule; 50% Less Capacity By Year’s End 
Copa Airlines repatriated $43 million of the $528 million it has trapped in Venezuela in June, but the carrier plans to reduce its exposure to the bolivar further by reducing capacity to the country by another 10%.
Delta, Boeing, On Opposite Sides, Appeal To Congress On Ex-Im Reauthorization 
This debate is not new, but it is increasing in intensity, as Congress will weigh whether to reauthorize Ex-Im when lawmakers return from recess in September.
EC: NAI Application Complies With U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement 
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called a high-level meeting in Brussels last month to discuss NAI’s application, which has been pending before the DOT since late last year.
American Eliminates Charlotte-Brazil Flights, Adds Viracopos 

American Airlines is retooling its Latin America schedule this winter, ending a Sao Paolo-Charlotte, North Carolina service, to focus on Miami as the carrier’s gateway to the continent.

Delta Reports July PRASM Growth; Latin America Loads Down 

Delta Air Lines’ Latin-America traffic rose in July but load factors in the region fell, as business and leisure traffic dropped off during the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.

Delta’s traffic in Latin America, measured in revenue passenger miles, rose more than 14% in July on more than 17% more capacity, measured in available seat-miles, but load factor was more than 2 points lower than the same month in 2013.

Southwest’s DAL-SFO Flights Could Grow As Carrier Tests Market 
The new flights, being heavily marketed as “setting LUV free,” are made possible by October’s expiration of the Wright Amendment, which limited long-haul flights from DAL.
Delta Reports July PRASM Growth; Latin America Loads Down 
Delta’s traffic in Latin America, measured in revenue passenger miles, rose more than 14% in July on more than 17% more capacity, measured in available seat-miles, but load factor was more than 2 points lower than the same month in 2013.
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