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.

Brazil to initiate WTO challenge against Canada over CSeries
Brazil will formally initiate settlement dispute proceedings against Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over alleged subsidies provided to Bombardier, particularly government investment in the CSeries program.
Iran Air: Airbus contract finalized; A380s dropped
Iran Air has finalized its aircraft order agreement with Airbus, but has cut 12 A380s from the order for more than 100 aircraft, the airline’s CEO told Iran’s Mehr News Agency.
All Nippon Airways Airbus A320neo
ANA takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo 
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, which it plans to place into regular revenue service in mid-January.
Embraer in talks with Brazil about WTO challenge on CSeries 
Embraer is in discussions with the Brazilian government about the possibility of challenging the Québec provincial government’s $1 billion investment in Bombardier’s CSeries program through the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to Embraer CEO Paulo Cesar Silva.
Delta to focus on unit revenue in ‘transition year’ 2017 
Delta Air Lines is viewing 2017 as a “transition year” in which it will focus intently on returning to positive unit revenue growth, CEO Ed Bastian said.
Delta Boeing 737-900
DOT holds to Delta-Aeromexico JV conditions 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted final approval to the proposed Delta Air Lines-Aeromexico transborder joint venture (JV), but is continuing to demand divestitures that the airlines have said are objectionable.
FAA validates Bombardier CS300 
The Bombardier CS300 has gained type validation by FAA, meaning both variants of the CSeries have been certified by Transport Canada, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and FAA.
Analysis: Reading Trump
The US president-elect tweets and the air transport sector anxiously holds its breath.
Alaska closes Virgin America buy to create 5th largest US airline 
Seattle-based Alaska Air Group has closed its $4 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Virgin America, creating the fifth largest airline in the US.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest targets 100%-Wi-Fi equipped fleet by the end of 2017 
Southwest Airlines plans to have a fully Wi-Fi-equipped fleet by the end of 2017, and has entered into agreements with inflight connectivity providers to significantly increase the speed of its onboard Wi-Fi services starting next year.
Pakistan International Airlines chairman resigns amid crash probe 
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chairman Muhammad Azam Saigol has resigned as fallout from last week’s fatal ATR 42-500 crash continues.
Boeing plans additional 777 production rate cut in 2017 
Boeing has informed employees that the 777 production rate will be reduced from seven per month to five per month in August 2017, meaning the program’s production rate will be cut twice in 2017.
PIA ATR 42-500
Pakistan International Airlines grounds ATR fleet for examination 
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has temporarily grounded its remaining 10 ATR aircraft in the aftermath of the Dec. 7 ATR 42-500 crash that killed all 48 aboard.
AIA to push Trump administration to embrace global trade, Open Skies 
The US Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which lobbies on behalf of US aerospace manufacturers, is preparing to go up against “some headwinds” as it pushes the incoming Trump administration to embrace global trade, according to AIA president and CEO David Melcher.
First 787-10 being assembled at Boeing South Carolina
Boeing starts 787-10 final assembly; Trent TEN to power first flight 
Boeing has started final assembly of the first 787-10, the third and largest variant of the 787, at its manufacturing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 6, 2017

Aviation’s 2017 nightmares begin in Fort Lauderdale

There is still a lot to be learned from today’s shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, but this is the nightmare the industry – especially US airlines and airports – feared as we entered a new year....More
Jan 3, 2017

In defense of airlines’ checked baggage fees

Those wanting checked baggage fees rescinded are inadvertently advocating for worse customer service for passengers....More
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