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 17 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.

Interview: Enrique Beltranena CEO, Volaris 
Volaris is Mexico's second-largest airline and has unit costs that are among the five lowest in the world. It's also expanding its model to Costa Rica.
LAX: NTSB provided report on Aeromexico 737 collision with truck
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) police have made a report available to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding a collision between an Aeromexico Boeing 737 and a provisioning truck.
Malindo Air 737 MAX 8
Boeing 737 MAX 8 enters commercial service
Malaysia’s Malindo Air has operated the first revenue flights with a re-engined Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Boeing-SaudiGulf Airlines negotiations
Boeing negotiating widebody order with SaudiGulf Airlines
[UPDATED] Boeing said it has agreed to negotiate a widebody aircraft order with Saudi Arabian startup SaudiGulf Airlines for as many as 16 aircraft, which the airline indicated will be 777s and/or 787s.
GE9X first engine to test (FETT)
GE starts 18-month GE9X certification program
GE Aviation has started the 18-month certification program for the GE9X engine that will exclusively power the Boeing 777X.
GE9X embarks on certification program 
GE is promising the GE9X will offer 10% greater fuel efficiency than the GE90-115B and will be the most efficient engine it has produced on a per-pounds-of-thrust basis.
Rockwell Collins Interior Systems EVP and COO Werner Lieberherr
Rockwell Collins plans light touch in integrating B/E Aerospace
Rockwell Collins has developed a “low-risk” integration plan for merging B/E Aerospace, which it acquired last month for $8.6 billion, into Rockwell, according to chairman, president and CEO Kelly Ortberg.
ANALYSIS: Fuel and labor costs are rising, but airlines are maintaining financial health

So far, 2017 is proving to be a double-edged sword for the world’s airlines. On the one hand, air travel demand is more robust than expected as the global economy remains more stable than predicted. On the other hand, higher fuel prices and escalating labor costs are squeezing airline profit margins.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway boosts American, Southwest holdings
Berkshire Hathaway bought more shares of American Airlines and Southwest Airlines in the 2017 first quarter.
The 737 MAX 9 achieved first flight April 13.
Boeing resumes 737 MAX flying with unaffected engines
Boeing is operating 737 MAX flights using CFM International LEAP-1B engines unaffected by the issue that prompted a May 10 suspension of all MAX flying.
Spirit Airlines A320neo
Spirit, ALPA agree to uphold restraining order on pilots
Spirit Airlines said it has reached an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to indefinitely extend a temporary restraining order compelling Spirit’s pilots to cease what the ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) has called “a pervasive illegal work slowdown.”
Rendering of A350-900 in Delta Air Lines’ livery
Delta defers 10 of 25 A350s on order; will still take first this year
Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with Airbus to push back deliveries of 10 of the 25 A350-900s the Atlanta-based carrier has on order.
Bombardier’s Beaudoin to give up executive role
Bombardier executive chairman Pierre Beaudoin said he intends to give up his executive role at the Canadian company June 30, but will stay on as non-executive chairman of Bombardier’s board of directors.
The Boeing 737 MAX 9 achieved first flight April 13.
Boeing suspends 737 MAX flights, cites ‘potential’ CFM LEAP-1B issue
Boeing has suspended 737 MAX flights after being informed by CFM International of a potential issue with the aircraft’s LEAP-1B engine, although Boeing says MAX 8 deliveries will begin this month as planned.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American raises 2Q unit revenue guidance
American Airlines has boosted its second-quarter unit revenue forecast after a strong traffic performance in April.
Blogs & Commentary
May 10, 2017

The face of an airline

It is almost impossible to imagine Etihad Airways without James Hogan, but come July that will be a reality. How do airline brands move on when their face changes?...More
May 5, 2017

Doug Parker: ‘Our stock is so undervalued it defies logic’

What will it take for Wall Street to buy into the notion that US airlines are safe—and even forward-thinking—investments?...More
May 2, 2017

US lawmakers are angry, but want airlines to self-regulate

Today’s congressional hearing on US airline customer service was certainly a venting exercise for lawmakers. The question is, will this new wave of airline bashing stop at angry words or be followed by regulation?...More
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