Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Delta to open biometric terminal at ATL for international passengers
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines plans to offer a full biometric airport throughput to travelers on direct international flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) Terminal F, beginning late 2018.
Central American aviation leaders urge unity
Central American commercial aviation leaders pledged renewed cooperation to resolve myriad issues of government regulation, excessive airport and passenger fees and infrastructure inadequacies at the Aviation Day Central America conference in San Jose, Costa Rica Sept. 19.
Interjet SSJ100
Mexico’s Interjet to restructure fleet, phase out some SSJ100s
Mexican LCC Interjet Airlines, the only operator of Sukhoi Superjets in the Americas, is planning to phase out some of its 22 Superjet 100s as part of a fleet restructuring and overall strategic growth plan through 2021 announced Sept. 14.
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker speaks with NBC’s Tom Costello
American’s Parker: Adaptability is key as profits wane 
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker is confident the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier can ride out the current rise in fuel prices and its effect on profits.
Boeing triples orders in August; delivery pace picks up 
Boeing’s orderbook surged in August, more than tripling July’s input with firm orders placed for 99 new aircraft, valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices.
The first Airbus A220-300s were delivered in August
Airbus August orders lag; first A220s delivered 
Airbus delivered 53 commercial aircraft to 24 airlines and seven lessors during the month, about 1.7 aircraft per day, a slowdown of the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s high pace of 2.7 per day set in in June and July.
Atlas Air Boeing 747-400F
Atlas Air to operate second 747-400F for Asiana Cargo
Air cargo operator Atlas Air will add another Boeing 747-400 freighter to its operations for South Korea’s Asiana Cargo this month, according to parent company Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAW).
Rendering of Q400 in Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ livery
Biman Bangladesh Airlines orders three Q400s
Bombardier has secured an order for three Q400 turboprops from Bangladesh national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the Canadian manufacturer said Sept. 10.
IATA: Air passengers exceeded 4 billion in 2017
Annual passengers traveling via the world’s commercial airlines exceeded 4 billion for the first time in 2017, up 7.3% over 2016 and equivalent to 280 million additional air trips, according to IATA’s annual World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report, released Sept. 6.
Delta seeks partners for joint venture ownership of Trainer refinery
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is seeking a joint venture partner for ownership of its refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania.
JetBlue returns to California’s Ontario International Airport
JetBlue Airways returned to Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) after a 10-year gap, as the New York-based LCC launched nonstop service from New York JFK Sept. 5, making Ontario JetBlue’s tenth California destination.
United Boeing 767-400
United expects 3Q revenue, margins to reach high end of guidance range
Chicago-based United Airlines expressed confidence in its current financial outlook with the issuance of updated revenue guidance for the third quarter of 2018, as part of the company’s presentation at the Cowen and Company Annual Global Transportation Conference in Boston Sept. 5.
Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200
Hawaiian lowers 3Q revenue guidance following August hurricane 
For a second consecutive quarter, Hawaiian Airlines has lowered its guidance for forthcoming quarterly revenue related to hazardous environmental conditions, with the culprit affecting 3Q 2018 RASM being the hurricane that approached and brushed the Hawaiian island chain in late August.
Norwegian Air Argentina to launch operations in October
Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) will begin flying within Argentina in mid-October, the company announced Sept. 4, as tickets went on sale for six domestic routes.
China’s CIB Leasing converts half of CRJ orders to 90-seat Q400s
Bombardier has gained a second customer for its 90-seat Q400, as the Canadian manufacturer revealed that China’s Industrial Bank Financial Leasing Co. (CIB Leasing) has converted half of its standing order for 10 CRJ900 jets to five of the recently certified 90-seat version of the Q400 turboprop.
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