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.

United regional carrier CommutAir to add 21 more ERJ145s
CommutAir, the Ohio-based regional airline that last year became 40%-owned by United Airlines, has reached agreement with United to accelerate the retirement of its turboprop fleet and add more regional jets.
Former IATA official de Oliveira named to lead ALTA
The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) has named Luis Felipe de Oliveira, a former IATA official and currently an executive with World Fuel Services, its new executive director.
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways backs away from American investment
Qatar Airways said it will no longer pursue buying a stake in American Airlines, contending “the investment no longer meets our objectives.”
Atlas Air Boeing 747-800F
Atlas Air Worldwide 2Q net profit up 89%; adds Hong Kong Air Cargo
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings—parent company of Atlas Air, Polar Air Cargo, Southern Air and Titan Aviation—reported a second-quarter 2017 net profit of $38.9 million, up 88.8% over net income of $20.6 million in the 2016 June quarter.
Rendering of Boeing 787-9 in WestJet livery
WestJet 2Q net profit up 32%; eyes 787 flights to China
WestJet earned a second-quarter 2017 net profit of C$48.4 million ($37.2 million), up 32% over net income of C$36.7 million in the 2016 June quarter, marking its 49th consecutive profitable quarter.
Aircraft seats being manufactured by Rockwell Collins
Airlines: No role for government in seat-pitch decisions
US airlines say there is no need for the government to interfere in airlines’ seat-pitch decisions as long as FAA affirms aircraft seats meet safety standards.
Embraer swings to $69.5 million 2Q net profit; E2 testing progressing
Embraer earned a net profit of $69.5 million in the 2017 second quarter, reversed from a net loss of $101.5 million the 2016 June quarter, as revenue increased 28.6% year-over-year (YOY) to $1.8 billion.
American Airlines A319
American 2Q net profit down 15.5%; Parker emphasizes long-term value
American Airlines posted a 2017 second-quarter net profit of $803 million, down 15.5% from net income of $950 million in the 2016 June quarter, and chairman and CEO Doug Parker continues to argue the company is significantly undervalued in the stock market.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest 2Q net profit down 9%; ready to add 737 MAX 8
Southwest Airlines reported a $746 million net profit in the second quarter, down 9% from net income of $820 million in the 2016 June quarter, as it prepares for big fleet changes in the third quarter.
Alaska Air Group posts $505 million adjusted pre-tax profit in 2Q
Alaska Air Group—parent of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air—earned $296 million in net income in the second quarter, up 13.8% over a net profit of $260 million in the 2016 June quarter, which does not include Virgin America’s 2016 second-quarter figures.
Boeing 787-10
Boeing bullish after $1.8 billion 2Q net profit
Boeing reported a second-quarter net profit of $1.8 billion, reversed from a net loss of $234 million in the 2016 June quarter when the company incurred several pre-tax charges—including R&D charges related to commercial aircraft programs—that weighed down earnings.
JetBlue A320
JetBlue 2Q net profit up 16.7%; emphasizes focus on cost cuts
New York-based JetBlue Airways reported second-quarter net income of $211 million, up 16.7% over a net profit of $181 million in the 2016 June quarter and a solid turnaround from a 58.8% year-over-year (YOY) net income decline in the 2017 first quarter.
Azul Embraer E195
Azul names new CEO; Neeleman to remain with carrier as board chair
Azul Brazilian Airlines has named longtime CFO John Rodgerson as its new CEO, replacing Azul founder David Neeleman, who will remain with the São Paulo-based airline as chairman of its board of directors.
US removes all PED restrictions on all US-bound flights
All personal electronic device (PED) restrictions for flights to the US have been lifted by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which said airlines and airports around the world are complying with new security requirements for all US-bound flights.
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.
Blogs & Commentary
Aug 18, 2017

Dueling Dallas views of US airline industry

Is Doug Parker too optimistic? Is Gary Kelly too cautious?...More
Aug 15, 2017

Is Europe in the next phase of consolidation?

Do the airberlin and Alitalia insolvency filings signal the next wave of European industry consolidation?...More
Aug 15, 2017

Airport drinking; when to call time?

Is limiting the number of alcoholic drinks each passenger can consume at an airport a good idea?...More
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