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.

Delta-Korean Air JV cleared by US DOT; awaits South Korean approval
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved the Delta Air Lines-Korean Air transpacific joint venture (JV).
Hawaiian Airlines CEO Dunkerley to retire after 15-year run
Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley will retire and be replaced by EVP and CCO Peter Ingram, effective March 1, 2018, ending a 15-year run in which Dunkerley transformed the Honolulu-based carrier.
Alaska latest to pull out of Cuba as US ends ‘people-to-people’ trips
Alaska Airlines has become the latest US carrier to give up on the Cuba market, announcing it will end its daily Los Angeles-Havana service on Jan. 22, 2018.
Boeing forecasts the Middle East will need 1,770 single-aisle aircraft
Boeing bullish on Middle East aircraft demand
Boeing said Middle East airlines will need 3,350 new aircraft over the next 20 years valued at $730 billion.
Emirates Airline has acknowledged implementing pre-flight security interviews
IATA DG: Pre-flight security interviews should be government function 
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is asking airlines around the world to take on a government function by mandating that carriers conduct pre-flight security interviews, IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.
RwandAir Airbus A330-200
IATA’s de Juniac outlines Africa’s potential, challenges 
Africa has the “greatest aviation potential” of any world region, but must overcome “great challenges”—including a safety record that is behind other regions—to reach this potential, IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.
US President Donald Trump (standing L) and Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang
Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet select Pratt & Whitney GTF to power A321neos
Two Vietnamese airlines selected Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines to power a combined 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft in deals valued at a total of more than $2 billion at list prices.
Emirates commits to 40 Boeing 787-10s
Dubai-based Emirates Airline kicked off the Dubai Air Show by announcing a commitment to purchase 40 Boeing 787-10s valued at $15.1 billion at list prices.
Air Lease Corp. prepares for Airbus delivery delays in 2018 
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) believes as many as 20 Airbus aircraft it is scheduled to take delivery of in 2018 could be delayed.
Hawaii’s Island Air to cease operations after 37 years 
Honolulu-based Island Air, which has operated inter-island flights in Hawaii for 37 years, abruptly announced it will cease operations.
Brazil’s Azul credits fleet transformation for growing profits 
Azul Brazilian Airlines is in the process of transforming its fleet and extending its reach, adding Airbus A320neos while reducing the number of Embraer E-Jets and ATR turboprops, and credits the fleet transition for growing its revenue and driving third-quarter net income of R$204 million ($62.6 million).
Pilots blame mismanaged growth for Atlas Air Worldwide’s problems
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings faces “intensifying operational and staffing crises” resulting from “mismanagement”—not because of a pilot work slowdown—the union representing the cargo operator’s pilots said.
Atlas Air Boeing 747-400F
Atlas Air Worldwide 3Q results hurt by alleged pilot work slowdown 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings president and CEO Bill Flynn said he expects a US federal court ruling later this month on a preliminary injunction sought by the company to stop what Atlas is calling “illegal, intentional work slowdowns and service interruptions” by its pilots.
Airbus Americas CEO Jeff Knittel
Aircraft leasing veteran Knittel named Airbus Americas CEO
Airbus has named Jeff Knittel, a longtime veteran of the commercial aircraft leasing business, as the new chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas.
Air China 737 MAX 8
Boeing 737 MAX’s entry into China corresponds with Trump’s visit 
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has entered the Chinese market days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s Nov. 8-10 visit to China, during which Boeing commercial aircraft sales are expected to a be a prime topic of discussion.
Blogs & Commentary
Nov 16, 2017

Alaska’s Cuba pullout signals death of US-Cuba air transport market

Alaska’s Los Angeles-Havana daily flight was a good litmus test for the viability of the US-Cuba market....More
Nov 14, 2017

Dubai Air Show: Ode to the Missing Man

As they walked the line at Dubai’s Fair, They met a man who wasn’t there....More
Nov 10, 2017

Can the air transport industry be ‘Uber-ized’?

Uber has shaken up the taxi market. Could the same happen to air transport? The simple answer is yes. The question is when the next big change will come, or whether it’s already happening....More
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