Aaron Karp

Senior Editor,
Air Transport World

Aaron Karp has been an Air Transport World senior editor since April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation for over 16 years, previously serving as editor of World Airport Week, reporter for Flight International/Air Transport Intelligence and managing editor of Air Cargo World. He has covered numerous aviation conferences and events throughout the world, including the Paris, Farnborough and Singapore air shows. He was the recipient of the 2007 Aerospace Journalist of the Year award for best maintenance submission.

SkyWest swings to $118 million 2015 net profit
SkyWest Inc., the St. George, Utah-based parent of regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, earned a net profit of $117.8 million for the full-year 2015, reversed from a net loss of $24.2 million in 2014.
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Shuster’s ATC proposal gets big boost from controllers union
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the union representing 19,000 US air traffic controllers, is backing Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R-Pennsylvania) proposal to separate ATC from FAA.
Richard Anderson and Ed Bastian
Delta CEO Anderson to retire from role; Bastian to be new CEO
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson will retire from his current role on May 2, when Delta president Ed Bastian will assume the CEO role and EVP Glen Hauenstein will become president.
US airlines back Shuster’s ATC plan, but opposition mounts 1
US airlines—minus Delta Air Lines—quickly lined up behind a proposal to separate US air traffic control (ATC) from FAA, but others, including the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), expressed misgivings.
TSA seeks to partner with airlines to test new security procedures 1
Acknowledging that passenger throughput at US airport security checkpoints has slowed slightly in recent months, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) head Peter Neffenger said he’s eager to collaborate with airlines and airports to test new, innovative security procedures.
NAV Canada controllers at dusk
Shuster proposes FAA reauthorization bill removing ATC from FAA 2
US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) has proposed legislation that would remove the operation and management of US air traffic control (ATC) from FAA.
WestJet 737-700
WestJet’s 2015 profit rises 29%
Calgary-based low-cost carrier (LCC) WestJet earned a net profit of C$367.5 million ($265.1 million) for the full-year 2015, up 29.4% over net income of C$284 million in 2014.
ALPA: Congress should mandate online training for UAV operators 1
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) wants Congress to mandate that small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) owners pass an online training course before being allowed to operate their devices.
Three former US transportation secretaries call for ATC reform 5
A group comprising eight former senior US government officials, including three secretaries of transportation, and two former US senators are urging Congress to spin off air traffic control (ATC) from FAA.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 takes off on its first test flight
Boeing 737 MAX completes first flight; rose to 25,000 feet 2
The first Boeing 737 MAX flight test aircraft landed at Boeing Field in Seattle after a 2 hr. 44 min. first flight.
737 MAX 8 takes off on first flight
Boeing 737 MAX takes off for first time
The Boeing 737 MAX has achieved first flight. A 737 MAX 8 flight test aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, took off from Renton, Washington, at 9:48 am local time Jan. 29 in rainy conditions.
United Airlines 787-9
United to launch first direct US-Singapore flights since 2013 1
United Airlines plans to revive a direct link between the US and Singapore when it launches San Francisco-Singapore Boeing 787-9 flights on June 1.
American Airlines 787-8
American Airlines posts $7.6 billion 2015 net profit 2
American Airlines reported a net profit of $7.61 billion for the full-year 2015, well more than double net income of $2.88 billion in 2014.
Rendering of 737 MAX 8
737 MAX’s first flight starts a year of transition for Boeing
The planned first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX tomorrow will be a major milestone for the company, but it also marks a transition year in which costs related to early-production aircraft are expected to impact 2016 revenue and deliveries.
JetBlue A320
JetBlue’s 2015 net profit up 69% to $677 million 1
JetBlue Airways earned a full-year 2015 net profit of $677 million, up 68.8% over net income of $401 million in 2014.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 3, 2016

Is it ‘insane’ for airlines to earn strong profits? 4

American Airlines’ annual net profit is just $45.8 billion behind Apple’s most recent full-year net earnings....More
Jan 26, 2016

Very shaky start for anti-US ATC privatization coalition

“When you are arguing a case when you don’t know what it’s all about, it’s very hard.”...More
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