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 18 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.

New IATA rule to require tracking checked bags through entire journey 
Mandate taking effect in June 2018 will push airlines to upgrade baggage handling systems. Expectations rise as passengers pay fees.
Airlines in North America find profitability brings new challenges 
Unions want their members to share in airlines' success, while Congress questions use of fees for checked bags, seat selection and more.
Latin American airlines cautiously optimistic worst is behind them 
Latin American airlines are expected to post a collective $800 million net profit in 2017, up 33.3% from $600 million in net income in 2016.
Emirates A380
Dubai removed from laptop ban list; Doha, Saudi airports could follow
Dubai has joined Istanbul Ataturk and Abu Dhabi airports in being removed from the list of airports with large personal electronic device (PED) restrictions for US-bound passengers, according to Emirates Airline.
Abu Dhabi removed from laptop ban list

Abu Dhabi has been removed from the list of 10 airports from which US-bound passengers are required to check large personal electronic devices rather than carry the devices on board aircraft.

Boeing Global Services unit set for launch
Boeing Global Services, the aircraft manufacturer’s new business unit formed from the customer services groups within the company’s existing Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security units, will commence operations July 1.
US Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) chats with visitors in his office.
Senate FAA bill’s airline fee, pilot training provisions spur controversy
Two provisions in the US Senate’s FAA reauthorization legislation cleared June 29 by a key committee received immediate pushback.
US Senate FAA bill directs DOT to regulate airline fees
The US Senate’s version of FAA reauthorization, which easily cleared a key vote June 29, includes a provision enabling the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to determine which airline fees “are not reasonable.”
Norwegian takes delivery of first two Boeing 737 MAX 8s
Low-cost carrier Norwegian took delivery of its first two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and will deploy the CFM International LEAP-1B-powered aircraft on transatlantic routes starting in July.
All US-bound commercial flights subject to new security requirements
US homeland security secretary John Kelly, describing commercial aviation as “the crown jewel target” of terrorists, has announced new security requirements for all US-bound international flights.
American to buy Analogic checkpoint CT machines
American Airlines has reached an agreement with technology firm Analogic to buy $6 million worth of computed tomography (CT) airport checkpoint screening machines that the carrier hopes to deploy at US airports later this year following US government certification of the equipment.
House ATC bill passes key vote with “flags of convenience” provision
US Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R-Pennsylvania) proposed legislation to separate air traffic control (ATC) management from FAA has cleared a key committee vote, but a “flags of convenience” amendment added to the bill will likely make it more controversial.
Former Delta CEO Anderson becomes Amtrak CEO
Former Delta Air Lines chairman and CEO Richard Anderson has been named president and CEO of the US passenger rail line Amtrak.
Delta, Korean Air finalize JV agreement
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have finalized their agreement to from an antitrust-immunized transpacific joint venture (JV) in which the SkyTeam carriers will share costs and revenue on flights between the US and South Korea.
Second batch of Aireon ADS-B payloads launched into orbit
Ten Iridium Communications satellites successfully launched June 25 via a SpaceX rocket, marking the second batch of Iridium NEXT satellites carrying Aireon’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads to go into orbit.
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 21, 2017

Joon know your target audience? ​

Air France has finally given birth to new lower-cost airline Joon, but is the baby too genetically similar to its elderly parent to appeal to millennials?...More
Jul 7, 2017

Wait-and-see approach is still best on new US security requirements

The foundation is in place for the new standards to be problematic for airlines down the road....More
Jul 7, 2017

​Make it easy; make it different

More and more passengers are looking for ‘business as unusual’ from companies. They want their experience to be easy, different, human…and cheap....More
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