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.

LATAM Boeing 787-9
Brazil clears Qatar Airways-LATAM tie-up, but wary of LATAM-IAG JV
Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE), Brazil’s competition authority, has approved Qatar Airways’ investment in LATAM Airlines Group, but the regulator has also expressed misgivings about LATAM’s proposed joint venture (JV) with International Airlines Group (IAG).
Republic Airlines Embraer E175 operating for American Airlines
Republic plans Chapter 11 emergence in 1Q 2017
Indianapolis-based regional airline operator Republic Airways Holdings plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the 2017 first quarter, the company said in a plan of reorganization filed with a federal bankruptcy court in New York.
De Juniac: Venezuela risks losing all airline service
Some $3.8 billion of airlines’ funds remain trapped in Venezuela, which risks losing all air service to the country, IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac warned.
LATAM Airlines Group CEO Enrique Cueto (left) and ALTA ED Eduard Iglesias
LATAM CEO: Latin American governments need to reduce taxes on airlines
Latin American airlines’ growth will be stymied unless the region’s governments ease the tax burden on airlines and passengers, LATAM Airlines Group CEO Enrique Cueto said.
CFM International LEAP-1B and -1A engines being manufactured at GE Aviation
CFM prepares for ‘scary’ production ramp-up on LEAP program
GE Aviation and its CFM International joint venture (JV) partner, Safran Aircraft Engines, face a “scary, daunting” production ramp-up on the LEAP engine program, but remain confident they will meet ambitious production targets, a senior GE executive said.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200
American beats out Delta for Los Angeles-Beijing route award 
American Airlines has been chosen over Delta Air Lines to operate daily Los Angeles (LAX)-Beijing (PEK) flights.
Air Canada Boeing 787-9
Air Canada 3Q net profit up 76%; 3Q capacity up 21% 
Montreal-based Air Canada reported a third-quarter 2016 net profit of C$768 million ($586.6 million), up 75.7% over net income of C$437 million in the 2015 September quarter, as the carrier continues to aggressively grow.
Southwest Airways Boeing 737-700
Southwest pilots ratify new labor contract after 4+ years of talks 
Southwest Airlines pilots have voted by an 84%-16% margin to ratify a new labor contract, ending more than four years of sometimes contentious negotiations.
When Brazil Rebounds, Latin American Traffic Will Surge 

There are signs of life for the Latin American airline business—especially if Brazil is discounted. But can Brazil be discounted? After all, it accounts for about half of the airline traffic in the region. 

Analysis: Mr. Al Baker Goes to Washington

It was an unusual setting for a major aircraft order announcement. Media had been informed by Qatar Airways that the airline and Boeing would be making an “historic” announcement. But it would not be in Doha or Seattle, or even at one of the major air shows where large airline orders are typically announced. Instead, reporters were invited to the posh Four Seasons hotel in Washington DC’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood for a breakfast buffet, a press conference and luncheon. 

Slow Rollout Of Pratt Geared Turbofan Hurts Impressive Performance 

Earlier in 2016, before Delta Air Lines placed a firm order for 75 Bombardier CSeries aircraft in late April, then Delta CEO Richard Anderson repeatedly praised the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan (GTF) engine that exclusively powers the aircraft. The GTF, he said, was the single most significant innovation in commercial aircraft technology since Boeing introduced composites on the 787 in the previous decade. 

ANALYSIS: Mr. Al Baker goes to Washington 
It was an unusual setting for a major aircraft order announcement. Media had been informed by Qatar Airways that the airline and Boeing would be making an “historic” announcement.
Bombardier to cut 7,500 jobs over two years 
Bombardier will cut its workforce by approximately 7,500 employees through 2018 as part of an effort to create “a clear path to profitable earnings growth,” president and CEO Alain Bellemare said.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737
Alaska Air Group earns $256 million in 3Q; on pace for record year 
Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, posted third-quarter 2016 net income of $256 million, down 6.6% from a net profit of $274 million in the 2015 September quarter.
Alaska CEO: Merger issues being discussed with DOJ are ‘manageable’ 
Seattle-based Alaska Air Group remains in discussions with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over gaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition of San Francisco-based Virgin America and continues to be confident the deal will be approved.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 1, 2016

Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an uncontentious nominee with the Senate....More
Nov 29, 2016

Airbus-Boeing subsidy dispute is a proxy fight with a larger goal

Airbus and Boeing fear they will not be able to live with the kinds of state support that budding rivals may receive....More
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