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 13 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.

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 makes emergency landing at California airport
A JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 made an emergency landing Sept. 18 at Long Beach, California (LGB) shortly after taking off from the airport.
House transportation chairman calls for ‘big and bold’ FAA reauthorization 
House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) has called FAA reauthorization “one of my highest priorities” and pledged to push for “transformational” aviation legislation next year.
US congressman: ATC privatization ‘on the table’ 
Privatization of the US’s air traffic control (ATC) system will be considered as part of the FAA reauthorization legislation Congress will take up next year, according to a House of Representatives member.
WestJet 737-800
Canadian LCC WestJet adds C$25 checked bag fee 2
WestJet will start charging a C$25 ($22.55) fee for a first checked bag for flights booked starting Sept. 15 for domestic Canadian or US transborder travel from Oct. 29.
Southwest to fly to Costa Rica from BWI; carrier emphasizing DC market
Southwest Airlines’ eighth international destination will be San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), to which the carrier will operate daily flights from Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) from March 7, 2015, subject to government approval.
US airports push for raising PFC cap to $8.50; airlines opposed 1
Nearly doubling the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap to $8.50 in next year’s FAA reauthorization bill is a top priority for US airports.
Republic CEO calls on Congress to repeal ‘absurd’ pilot qualification rule 
Republic Airways Holdings chairman, president and CEO Bryan Bedford said FAA’s requirement that pilots accumulate 1,500 flying hours before being hired by an airline is “leading to nationwide problems” and needs to be reversed.
ACI expands ‘carbon accreditation’ to North American airports
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has launched a “carbon accreditation” program similar to the one that has been in place in Europe since 2009.
US trialing smartphone app to replace paper customs form 
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a limited trial at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) of a program that allows passengers arriving on international flights to use a smartphone app in place of a paper customs form.
Boeing: 20-year China commercial aircraft demand valued at $870 billion
Boeing said China will need 6,020 new commercial aircraft valued at $870 billion over the next 20 years.
United Airlines 787-9
United becomes first North American airline to receive Boeing 787-9 1
United Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 26 Boeing 787-9s it has on order.
Rendering of A330-800neo in Hawaiian Airlines’ livery
Hawaiian Airlines saves capital costs, sacrifices efficiency with A330neo 
Hawaiian Airlines’ recent switch from an order for six Airbus A350-800s to six A330-800neos represents a “tradeoff” with plusses and minuses for the carrier, according to a senior company executive.
Allegiant Air MD-80
Allegiant Air eyes Mexico flights in 2015 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air plans to add international service for the first time as early as next year, starting with flights to Mexico, according to president and COO Andrew Levy.
Air Canada Boeing 787
Air Canada: Strong 2Q profit sign of ‘sustainable’ turnaround 
After years of financial struggles, Air Canada believes it has turned the corner and is positioned to be consistently profitable going forward.

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