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 13 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.

Photograph of smoke emanating from Japan Airlines' 787 at Boston Logan Airport
NTSB: Battery design, certification ‘shortcomings’ led to JAL 787 fire 
The fire aboard a parked Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787-8 in January 2013 occurred because of “shortcomings” in designing and certifying the lithium ion batteries installed on the aircraft, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.
Caribbean Disconnect  1
As airline consolidation takes hold in much of the world, commercial air transport in the Caribbean remains a fragmented industry, a big reason why connectivity is so poor within the region.
Glimmers of Hope 
As many as 70 Boeing 747-400 and MD-11 freighters were parked in the years following the 2008 global financial crisis, with many remaining unused for long stretches or retired altogether.
Alitalia wing
New Alitalia board to be led by former Ferrari chairman Montezemolo 
Alitalia and Etihad Airways have finalized the board of directors for the “new” Alitalia, with former Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo serving as non-executive chairman.
Trans States, Piedmont to fly transferred Envoy E-145s for American 
American Airlines Group will next year start transferring at least 50 Embraer E-145s from its wholly owned regional subsidiary Envoy Air to other regional airlines, including moving at least 15 E-145s to Trans States Airlines.
FAA allowing ‘satellite-based highways in the sky’ in Washington DC region 
FAA is now allowing three parallel “optimized profile descents” into the Washington DC-area’s three major airports, an airspace modification the agency said will save airlines 2.5 million gallons of fuel per year.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787-8
Norwegian CEO blasts opponents of Norwegian Air International 
Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjørn Kjos told a Washington DC audience Thursday that Irish labor laws played no role in the decision to base long-haul subsidiary Norwegian Air International (NAI) in Ireland.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Norwegian Air International debate heats up 
Advocates on both sides of the debate over Norwegian Air International (NAI) are making their voices heard in Washington DC this week, hoping to convince the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to either approve or disallow NAI from flying transatlantic flights to/from the US.
Google’s Project Wing prototype vehicle
NTSB rules FAA has jurisdiction to fine ‘careless or reckless’ UAV operators 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has affirmed FAA’s authority to impose civil fines against commercial operators of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) engaging in “careless or reckless” flying.
Airlines still seeking $3.6 billion trapped in Venezuela 
Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron said Venezuela appears to be slowly moving toward repatriating money owed to airlines.
Bombardier CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1)
Bombardier ‘very satisfied’ with CSeries flight test data 
Following a difficult stretch that saw Bombardier CSeries flight testing grounded for more than three months, program GM Rob Dewar was eager to assure reporters that “I am smiling” these days.
Bahamasair to seek permission for flights to Los Angeles 
Bahamasair plans to seek authority to be the first airline to operate flights between the Bahamas and North America’s west coast.
Jazz Q400 makes hard landing in Edmonton 
A Jazz Aviation Bombardier Q400 had what is being referred to as a “landing incident” at Edmonton International Airport late Nov. 6, leading to four passengers being taken to a hospital.
Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER
Air Canada has best-ever quarter in 3Q; rouge exceeding expectations 
Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu said the airline achieved the “best performance of any quarter” in its 77-year history in the third quarter, posting net income of C$323 million ($283 million), adjusted net income of C$457 million and an operating profit of C$526 million.
Embraer drops to $10.7 million 3Q net loss 
Embraer reported a third-quarter net loss of $10.7 million, reversed from a net profit of $52.9 million in the prior-year period, blaming taxes for the deficit.

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