Aaron Karp

Editor in Chief,
Aviation Daily

Aaron Karp is the Editor in Chief of Aviation Daily, a sister publication of Air Transport World. He joined Air Transport World as a senior editor in April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation since May 1999.

US, Qatar expected to announce agreement to ease Open Skies tensions 
US secretary of state Rex Tillerson will finalize an agreement with Qatar on Jan. 30 in which state-owned Qatar Airways will commit to be more financially transparent and declare that it has no plans to operate fifth freedom flights to the US.
Interjet A320
Mexico’s Interjet to add San Francisco to network 
Mexico City-based LCC Interjet will make San Francisco (SFO) the 10th US airport its network when it adds flights to SFO from both Cancun (CUN) and Guadalajara (GDL) on March 14.
American plans to retire 12 of 304 737-800s in 2019 and another 33 in 2020.
American’s fleet renewal slows substantially this year 
Following a massive injection of new aircraft in the four years following its December 2013 emergence from Chapter 11 and merger with US Airways, American Airlines is slowing the pace of its fleet renewal and dialing back spending on aircraft.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8
Southwest’s RASM positive in 2017; earns 45th straight annual profit 
Southwest Airlines “turned the corner” on unit revenue growth in 2017, edging into positive territory for the full year, and expects RASM momentum to continue in 2018 with 1%-2% year-over-year (YOY) growth in the first quarter, chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said.
American Boeing 787-8
American CEO Parker defends US airline industry growth 
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker vigorously defended the carrier’s plans to grow system capacity 2.5% year-over-year (YOY) in 2018 and encouraged investors to distinguish between different kinds of airline growth.
United plans aggressive domestic capacity growth from 2018-2020 
United Airlines plans to grow system capacity 4%-6% year-over-year (YOY) in 2018, 2019 and 2020, an aggressive pace of growth that is likely to be faster than main rivals American Airlines’ and Delta Air Lines’ rate of capacity expansion over the next three years.
Etihad Cargo Boeing 777F
TSA imposes enhanced cargo security rules on six Middle East airlines 
Six Middle East airlines are being required by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement additional security protocols for air cargo being transported to the US from seven Middle East airports.
Analysis: Elwell takes over at FAA as reauthorization fight heats up
Dan Ewell heads into an uncertain flight path as he takes the captain’s seat at FAA.
Ultra-LCCs are North America’s fastest growing airlines 
Two trends have dominated the North American commercial air transport market for the past two decades: consolidation and the emergence of ultra-LCCs.
Boeing 787-10 certified by FAA 
The Boeing 787-10, the third and largest 787 variant, has gained US FAA certification, clearing the way for first delivery to Singapore Airlines during the first half of 2018.
Spirit Airlines Airbus A321
ULCC Spirit projects better 4Q 2017 RASM than expected 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines provided guidance for a better-than-expected unit revenue performance in the 2017 fourth quarter, lending credence to the notion that the US airline revenue/pricing environment is improving.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American: New York-Chicago shuttle could lead to more shuttle routes 
American Airlines is taking its northeast US shuttle product and placing it on the New York LaGuardia (LGA)-Chicago O’Hare (ORD) route from April 4 in what airline executives said could be a precursor to more shuttle offerings.
Frontier Airlines A320neo
Indigo Partners carriers Frontier, Volaris to codeshare 
Denver-based Frontier Airlines and Mexico City-based Volaris have entered into a codeshare agreement, signaling further cooperation between two carriers affiliated with private equity firm Indigo Partners.
Embraer E190-E2
Embraer E-Jet deliveries down 6.5% in 2017; further dip expected in 2018 
Embraer delivered 101 commercial aircraft in 2017, down 6.5% from 108 deliveries in 2016, and the Brazilian manufacturer has already warned of a further drop in deliveries in 2018.
Alaska, Virgin America granted single operating certificate by FAA 
Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have been granted a single operating certificate by FAA, a key milestone in the integration of the two carriers.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018

Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018

Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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