Mark Nensel

Data Editor,
Air Transport World
IATA: Overall international traffic growth trend is ‘flat’

International traffic grew globally 4.6% year-over-year (YOY) in March, matching February’s YOY improvement but indicating a “flattened” growth trend, according to IATA’s March Premium Traffic Monitor.

Republic Airways Holdings reports $6.4 million 1Q net profit
Republic Airways Holdings, the Indianapolis-based parent of regional carriers Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, reported first-quarter net income of $6.4 million, down 54.3% from the company’s 1Q 2014 net earnings of $14 million.
Airbus and Boeing April 2015 O&D roundup 
Airbus pulled into the lead for commercial aircraft orders in 2015 with 228 gross commercial aircraft orders, compared to rival Boeing’s 152, following an April 30 order placed by Colombian carrier Avianca for 100 A320neo family aircraft.
Copa Airlines 737-800
Copa Holdings posts $113 million 1Q net profit
Panama City-based Copa Holdings reported $113.1 million net income for the 2015 first quarter, down 25.3% from the company’s $151.4 million net profit in the 2014 March quarter.
IATA: Air passenger traffic remains robust, up 7.4% YOY in March
Global air passenger traffic grew 7.4% year-over-year (YOY) in March as Asia-Pacific holiday travel related to the Lunar New Year continued beyond February, according to IATA’s March Air Passenger Market Analysis report.
WestJet Boeing 737-700
WestJet 1Q net profit up nearly 58%
Canadian low-cost carrier (LCC) WestJet reported a net profit of C$140.7 million ($111.3 million) for the 2015 first-quarter, up 57.6% from a net income of C$89.3 million in the 2014 March quarter.
Air freight returns to modest growth after US port dispute resolution
As expected, growth in the global air freight market returned to modest levels in March, with a cumulative 1.6% year-over-year (YOY) increase in traffic, according to IATA’s March Air Freight Market Analysis.
Virgin America A320
Virgin America posts first 1Q net profit in company history
Virgin America reported first-quarter net income of $12.8 million, including $2.3 million in special charges for mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments.
Aeromexico Boeing 737-700
Grupo Aeroméxico swings to $12 million 1Q net profit
Mexico City-based Grupo Aeroméxico recorded a consolidated net profit of MXP185 million ($12.1 million) for the 2015 first quarter, swinging into the black from MXP91 million in net losses the airline reported in the 2014 March quarter.
BTS: US Airlines February jobs at highest level since August 2012 
Full-time-equivalent (FTE) employment at US scheduled passenger airlines grew 1.8% year-over-year (YOY) in February, to a total FTE count of 388,983 personnel, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
United Airlines Boeing 737-700
United Airlines swings to $508 million net profit in 1Q 
United Continental Holdings, parent of United Airlines, reported a first-quarter net profit of $508 million, including $74 million of special charges, a $1.12 billion year-over-year (YOY) swing to profitability from the company’s $609 million net loss in the 2014 March quarter.
Volaris A320
Mexico’s Volaris swings to $20 million profit in 1Q 
Mexican ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) Volaris has posted a first-quarter net profit of MXP306 million ($20.1 million), reversing a MXP370 million net loss for the 2014 March quarter.
IATA: Premium travel weak in February 
Worldwide international traffic grew 4.6% year-over-year (YOY) in February—improving on January’s 3.7% YOY increase—according to IATA’s February Premium Traffic Monitor.
IATA: February air cargo capitalizes on US West Coast port stagnation 
The worldwide air freight market saw an impressive but temporary spike in February, as collective cargo volumes jumped 11.7% year-over-year (YOY), up 8.5 points from January, according to IATA’s February Air Freight Market Analysis.
Embraer logs orders for 22 commercial jets, delivers 20 E-175s in 1Q 
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer delivered 20 commercial aviation aircraft in the first-quarter of 2015, six more than in the 2014 March quarter and a 42.9% increase year-over-year.

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