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.

American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American Airlines earns $2.7 billion 2016 net profit 
American Airlines has topped $10 billion in combined net profits for 2015 and 2016, earning net income of $2.7 billion in 2016 following a net profit of $7.6 billion in 2015.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800
Southwest earns $2.2 billion 2016 net profit; 44th straight profit 
Southwest Airlines posted a 2016 net profit of $2.24 billion, up 2.9% from net income of $2.18 billion in 2015, marking the second straight year of record profitability for the Dallas-based carrier.
Analysis: Unloading-A US Report on Airline Bag Fees is Misguided
A White House report on “hidden fees” described airlines’ checked baggage fees as “de facto mandatory” and operating in a transparency “gray zone” in which the fees were optional only in a “theoretical sense.”
New-generation Narrowbodies Enter Service and Demonstrate Efficiencies 
The new-generation narrowbodies are entering service and demonstrating their efficiencies.
Boeing 2016 net profit down 5%; revenue to decline again in 2017 
Boeing reported a 2016 net profit of $4.9 billion, down 5% from net income of $5.2 billion in 2015, marking the company’s second straight year of declining earnings.
Fourth MRJ90 flight test aircraft
MRJ90 design changes will necessitate additional flight test aircraft 
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. will need to produce additional MRJ90 flight test aircraft to gain certification, a consequence of systems revisions that have caused a two-year program delay.
United Airlines Boeing 737-800
United reports minimal impact Monday from Sunday’s glitch 
United Airlines largely operated on schedule Jan. 23 after a technology problem disrupted the Chicago-based carrier’s domestic network for more than two hours Jan. 22.
FedEx names Cunningham Express CEO; Bronczek promoted 
FedEx Corp. has named longtime company executive David Cunningham president and CEO of FedEx Express, the cargo delivery company’s airline arm and largest operating unit.
MRJ delay confirmed; system revisions cited 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., has made official a further two-year delay in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program.
MRJ90 flight test aircraft
MRJ first delivery expected to be delayed again 
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is expected to announce a further delay to the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program on Jan. 23.
Aeromexico Boeing 787-8
Aeromexico to launch Mexico City-Seoul 787-8 service 
Aeromexico will launch Mexico City-Seoul service starting May 27.
United Airlines A320
United outlines basic economy roll out; to start with Minneapolis 
United Airlines will initially test basic economy fares on flights to/from Minneapolis before rolling out the offering to its entire domestic network.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American to offer basic economy option in February 
American Airlines has introduced a basic economy fare option as part of the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier’s effort to better compete with ultra low-cost carriers, such as Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
United Airlines Boeing 787-8
United earns $2.3 billion 2016 net profit 
United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings reported a full-year 2016 net profit of $2.3 billion, down 69.2% from net income of $7.3 billion in 2015.
Outgoing TSA administrator Peter Neffenger testifying to Congress in May 2016.
TSA administrator Neffenger to step down Jan. 20 
US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) head Peter Neffenger will resign Jan. 20, the day President-elect Donald Trump assumes office.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 16, 2017

Not all US domestic routes are created equal

For years, US airlines basically treated a 45-90-minute hop the same as a 5-hour transcontinental flight....More
Jan 30, 2017

Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

I took an international flight out of Washington Dulles Sunday evening so stepped down to the international arrivals lounge curious to see what was happening in light of the Trump travel ban that ignited protests over the weekend....More
Jan 24, 2017

Alitalia, the airline that broke the camel’s back?

Can Alitalia ever be a good-news story? It appears not for Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline that has become the latest in a line of companies to see potential in the Italian flag carrier but for whom good news seems an increasingly distant prospect....More
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