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 15 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.

CMC components testing on a GEnx tech demo engines
GE conducting ceramic matrix composite components testing for GE9X 
As part of GE9X engine development for the Boeing 777X, GE Aviation has started ground tests on a GEnx engine containing ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components in the high pressure turbine and combustor.
Huerta wants ‘stability’ and ‘flexibility’ in FAA reauthorization 
FAA administrator Michael Huerta told Congress “a lot is at stake” in crafting FAA reauthorization legislation, particularly regarding the implementation of the NextGen air traffic control (ATC) system.
Into the Re-engining Era 
Instead of developing new aircraft, the two major aircraft manufacturers will now turn their attention to putting re-engined versions of already existing aircraft types into the market.
Mexico’s Interjet firms 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 options 
Mexican airline Interjet has firmed 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 options valued at $350 million.
CS300 first flight
Bombardier CSeries 300 reached 41,000 ft. during first flight 
The larger version of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, the CS300, reached an altitude of 41,000 ft. (12,500 m.) and a speed of 255 knots (470 km/h) during its first flight.
Analysis - Playing the Hedging Game 
Fuel hedging has long been a standard practice in the airline industry
Qantas A380
Qantas lowers expenses, returns to profitability in FY1H 
Qantas Group reported an underlying profit before tax of A$367 million ($288.3 million) for the six months ended Dec. 31, 2014, reversing an underlying loss before tax of A$252 million in the prior-year period.
CSeries 300 flight test vehicle
Bombardier says first CS300 flight to go ahead 
Bombardier has confirmed that the first flight of the larger version of its CSeries aircraft will take place Friday, Feb. 27, from Mirabel, Québec.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest Airlines adds eight more destinations from Dallas Love Field 
With Wright Amendment restrictions in the rearview mirror, Southwest Airlines has added daily flights from Dallas Love Field to eight more airports, bringing to 50 the number of destinations Southwest will serve from its base airport.
CSeries 300 flight test vehicle
Weather delays first Bombardier CS300 flight 
Bombardier has postponed the first flight of the larger version of its CSeries aircraft, citing weather.
Republic earns $64 million 2014 net profit; closes Chautauqua 
Republic Airways Holdings, the Indianapolis-based parent of regional carriers Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, reported 2014 net income of $64.3 million, more than doubling a net profit of $26.7 million in 2013.
Former FAA administrator Blakey to head Rolls-Royce North America 
US Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) president and CEO Marion Blakey has been appointed president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America starting in May.
MRJ rollout
Trans States expects first MRJ in 2017; awaits scope clause relief 
Trans States Holdings, parent of US regionals Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, remains “comfortable” with its order for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets and expects to begin taking delivery of the aircraft in 2017.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America posts second consecutive full-year net profit 
Virgin America earned net income of $60.1 million in 2014, a significant increase over a net profit of $10.1 million in 2013, marking the airline’s second straight year of profitability after five years of losses following its 2007 launch.
Executives from American Airlines, Compass Airlines and Embraer
American Airlines takes delivery of first Embraer E-175 
American Airlines took delivery of the first of 60 Embraer E-175s it has on order during a Wednesday delivery ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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