Aaron Karp

Aaron
Karp
Editor in Chief,
Aviation Daily

Aaron Karp is the Editor in Chief of Aviation Daily, a sister publication of Air Transport World. He joined Air Transport World as a senior editor in April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation since May 1999.

Articles
2018 SITA/ATW Baggage Report 
Tracking technology will enable the next big leap in bag-handling reliability, which saw a big improvement from 2007 to 2012.
Swoop Boeing 737-800
CEO: WestJet LCC Swoop has enough pilots for June launch 
Swoop, the standalone ultra-LCC subsidiary of Canada’s WestJet, has adequate pilot staffing to launch operations as scheduled in June even if WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) fail to reach an agreement on a labor contract covering WestJet’s pilots, WestJet CEO Ed Sims said.
2018 SITA Baggage Report: Tracking is key 
Even as passenger numbers rise globally, the airline industry continues to record improvements in baggage handling.
United Airlines Boeing 767-400
United Airlines 1Q net profit up 48.5%; focuses on customer service 
United Airlines earned a $147 million net profit in the 2018 first quarter, up 48.5% over $99 million in net income in the 2017 first quarter.
United Airlines Boeing 757-200
Kirby: United to stay the course on aggressive growth plans 
United Airlines president Scott Kirby conceded the “ruckus” on Wall Street over the airline’s aggressive growth plan has not subsided, but said individual investors believe the Chicago-based carrier’s strategy is sound and reiterated it plans to stay the course.
UPS Boeing 767-300F
UPS adds capacity by converting 767 passenger aircraft into freighters 
United Parcel Service (UPS) is converting three used Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft into freighters and is interested in additional 767 conversions to add capacity.
Former FAA administrator Michael Huerta
Huerta blames ATC spinoff failure on lack of ‘facts-based discussion’ 
The effort to spin off US air traffic control (ATC) from FAA failed because it became too focused on the structure of a proposed ATC entity instead of detailing solutions for making air traffic management more efficient in the US, said Michael Huerta, whose five-year term as FAA administrator ended in January.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8
Southwest eyes adding US gateways to international destinations 
Southwest Airlines’ near-term international focus will be to add more US gateways, EVP and chief revenue officer Andrew Watterson told an audience at the International Aviation Club in Washington DC.
Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines takes first MAX
Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines took delivery of the first of six Boeing 737-8s it has on order, becoming the first airline in Central Asia to receive a MAX family aircraft.
Thai Lion Air Boeing 737-9
Thai Lion Air takes first Boeing 737-9 
Thai Lion Air took delivery of the first Boeing 737-9, setting the stage for the service entry of the second variant of the 737 MAX.
WestJet CEO steps down in surprise leadership change 
WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, made a surprise CEO change, announcing March 8 that Gregg Saretsky was stepping down “effective immediately” after eight years leading the company.
DOT official urges removal of ‘onerous regulatory burdens’ 
Praising US airlines for product innovation, strong balance sheets and wise capacity discipline, a top US Department of Transportation (DOT) official said the government is inclined to stay out of the industry’s way and let the market play out.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800
Southwest CEO continues to reject baggage fees 
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, who has long resisted calls from some Wall Street analysts to charge fees for checked bags, voiced his most adamant rejection yet of baggage fees, completely ruling them out.
Heilbron: Copa Airlines ‘very, very interested’ in Boeing’s NMA 
Panama-based Copa Airlines is “very, very interested” in learning more about Boeing’s proposed new mid-market aircraft (NMA), which looks to be ideal for the carrier’s operations, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron said.
Copa ULCC Wingo reduces Colombian losses 
Wingo, the Colombia-based ultra-LCC affiliate of Panama’s Copa Airlines that launched in late 2016, has “surpassed all expectations,” although it has not yet become profitable, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron said.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018
blog

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018
blog

Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018
blog

Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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