Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu Unnikrishnan
Managing Editor,
Aviation Daily
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United: Enough Mexico Designations For Itself And Southwest 
United Airlines claims its application for seasonal service to Mexico will still leave one available designation for another U.S. carrier to serve the routes, thereby dismissing Southwest Airlines’ letter of support for United’s application.
Delta June PRASM Growth Lower Than Forecast 
Delta Air Lines missed Wall Street’s marks with its June traffic report, in which the Atlanta-based carrier said traffic measured in revenue seat-miles (RPMs) rose 3% on capacity, measured in available seat-miles (ASMs) that were 3.1% higher than last year.
Southwest Co-founder Rollin King Dies At 83 
The less known Southwest founder, Rollin King, died June 27 in Dallas from complications of a stroke suffered last year.
Volaris Applies For Route Authorities Still Held By Mexicana 
Volaris has asked the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to extend the carrier’s authority to serve four routes from Mexico City – Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas – and one route between Monterrey, Mexico and Chicago.
DOT Approves Dreamjet Application; NAI Still Pending 
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) awarded French startup Dreamjet an exemption to serve the U.S. from any point in the EU, approving an application filed on April 24.
 
This brings into focus the dispute over Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application, which has been pending before the DOT since the end of last year.
DOT Approves Dreamjet Application; NAI Still Pending 
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) awarded French startup Dreamjet an exemption to serve the U.S. from any point in the EU, approving an application filed on April 24.
NAI, Opponents Step Up Public Battle 

The usually pro-forma and arcane regulatory processes that the Transportation Department (DOT) uses to approve a foreign – European – airline’s application to operate to the U.S. are being blown into public view, as opponents and supporters of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application wage the debate through a war of words in the press and in advertising campaigns.

NAI, Opponents Step Up Public Battle 
The usually pro-forma and arcane regulatory processes that the Transportation Department (DOT) uses to approve a foreign – European – airline’s application to operate to the U.S. are being blown into public view, as opponents and supporters of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application wage the debate through a war of words in the press and in advertising campaigns.
Southwest Tips Hand On Possible Mexico Cities 

Where Southwest Airlines may fly in Mexico from Houston is becoming a little clearer, based on the carrier’s recent filing with the Transportation Department (DOT).

Southwest Tips Hand On Possible Mexico Cities 
Where Southwest Airlines may fly in Mexico from Houston is becoming a little clearer, based on the carrier’s recent filing with the Transportation Department (DOT).
Ex-Im Bank Comes Under Fire During Hearing 

The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) of the United States is facing a stiff fight for reauthorization in September against an alliance that pits it and the U.S. aerospace industry against right-wing politicians, a major U.S. carrier and organized labor.

American Expands LAX Hub 

American Airlines is building out its Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) hub with new flights to Canada, Texas and Florida, bringing the carrier’s total number of daily departures from LAX to 185.

The new service, which American revealed last week, is part of the carrier’s strategy to strengthen and increase the profile of its hub at LAX by building more domestic and international connectivity.

Virgin Atlantic Firms Up Another 787; Nears A380 Decision Point 

Virgin Atlantic has firmed up one of its five 787-9 options and will decide this year whether to cancel or further-defer its Airbus A380 order. Virgin’s second 787 is due to arrive before year-end, followed by a third in early 2015. The remaining 14 will follow over a four-year period.  The 787 is slated to cut Virgin’s fuel costs by 21% per trip and will be a “major driver” in its financial turnaround. It will be deployed on existing routes, starting with Boston on Oct.

Ex-Im Bank Comes Under Fire During Hearing 
Although some politicians aligned with the Tea Party have argued against reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank, the objections from airlines have been more nuanced. Delta’s position is that state-owned or subsidized airlines benefit from below-market Ex-Im financing to the detriment of their U.S. counterparts.
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