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Brian Sumers

Aviation Week

Brian Sumers previously covered airlines in the Americas for Aviation Week.  

United Struggles With Lower Margins Than American, Delta  6
Many investors have lost confidence in United Airlines, believing the airline is too far behind Delta Air Lines and American Airlines on key economic metrics.
Southwest Seeks New International Service From LAX 
Southwest Airlines has applied to serve three popular but competitive Mexican beach routes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), starting June 1, a move that would considerably broaden the carrier’s international offerings from Southern California.
United Rebrands Its Business Class 
Looking to better compete with other airlines globally, United Airlines on June 2 unveiled a new international business-class cabin called Polaris. It features seats with direct aisle access and improved food, wine and bedding, as well as an updated ground experience.
WestJet To Firm Q400 Options 

WestJet Airlines will convert nine options for Bombardier Q400 turboprops into firm orders for delivery between April 2017 and June 2018, the carrier said June 1.                                                                    

United Focusing On SFO As Transpacific Gateway 
As Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines battle in Los Angeles for share, United Airlines “won’t ignore” the market, but will concentrate its growth in San Francisco, two of the carrier’s top network executives told employees.
Republic Holdings Reaches Settlement With United 
United Airlines will increase its reimbursement rates to Republic Airways Holdings, under a proposed deal announced May 27.
IATA Working To Free Airline Funds Stuck In Nigeria  6
At the end of March, the world’s airlines had roughly $575 million trapped in Nigeria that they could not repatriate, according to IATA. But the trade group is “optimistic a solution can be found,” a spokeswoman said.
United Addressing Margin Gap Relative To Peers 
LOS ANGELES—United Airlines’ top finance executive called the carrier’s margin gap relative to its peers “the elephant in the room,” and said improving it is a priority for the airline, as it tries to transform itself under new CEO Oscar Munoz.
American, Delta Trade Barbs Over LAX–Beijing Service 
American Airlines is in talks with Los Angeles World Airports “regarding plans for significant infrastructure investment,” at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that would help the carrier grow its transpacific gateway, it said in a recent filing.
American Outlines Benefits From Proposed JV With LATAM 
Roughly 3.2 million consumers who now fly American Airlines and LATAM Airlines Group to and from South America will save a combined $201 million annually in “aggregated equivalent fare reductions,” if regulators approve the carriers’ joint business plan, the carriers stated in a May 16 filing with the Transportation Department (DOT).
United Will Reduce Some Flying This Summer 

LOS ANGELES—United Airlines will halt three flights from important oil markets at the end of June, the carrier has told employees.                                                                       

Bombardier Removes Republic From C-Series Schedule 

Bombardier Removes Republic From C-Series Schedule
LOS ANGELES—Bombardier has confirmed it does not have set build or delivery dates for the 40 firm orders Republic Airways placed for the CS300 six years ago. But the manufacturer said the aircraft remain in its backlog.

WestJet Will Put Its Code On More Delta Flights 
WestJet Airlines plans to place its code on 15 Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection routes between Mexican destinations and Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a government filing shows.
American Experimenting With Fare Fences In Some Markets 
American Airlines is experimenting with stricter fare rules in some markets, a move that sometimes makes the carrier’s fares uncompetitive with other airlines, but could lead to more revenue, President Scott Kirby said.
United And Singapore Plan To Start Codeshare 
United Airlines and Singapore Airlines are seeking U.S. government approval for an expansive two-way codesharing program—but the two carriers intend to start small, only planning to cover several routes, all in North America.

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