Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
JetBlue A321
JetBlue opens Boston-Atlanta route
JetBlue Airways launched service between Boston and Atlanta March 30, directly taking on Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines on the US east coast pairing.
Aegean Airlines Boeing 737-300
Aegean Airlines Group 2016 revenues surpasses $1 billion
Aegean Airlines Group hit €1 billion in full-year revenue for the first time in 2016, up 6% over $983 million in revenue for 2015.
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9
Virgin Atlantic posts $28 million in 2016 pre-tax profit
Virgin Atlantic posted £23 million ($28.3 million) in pre-tax profit for 2016, up 2.2% from £22.5 million pre-tax profit in 2015.
BOC Aviation posts $418 million net profit for 2016
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation posted a 2016 net profit of $418 million, up 21.9% from the company’s $343 million in net profit for 2015.
Hawaiian Airlines A330-200
Hawaiian Airlines pilots ratify labor agreement
Hawaiian Airlines pilots have voted by a 76%-24% margin to ratify a new five-year, three month labor contract, ending two years of sometimes contentious negotiations and threatened strike actions.
China Aircraft Leasing 2016 net profit up 68% to $82 million
Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Group posted a 2016 net profit of 638.4 million Hong Kong dollars ($82.3 million), up 67.9% from the company’s HK$380.2 million net profit in 2015.
El Al Boeing 737-900ER.
El Al Israel Airlines posts $81 million 2016 net profit
The airline took delivery of the last of its eight new Boeing 737-900ERs in March 2016.
ATR CEO focuses on changing perceptions of turboprops 
ATR is trying to convey to potential customers and passengers that his turboprops are modern, safe, fuel efficient and economically viable aircraft.
Delta to launch New York JFK-Rio de Janeiro 767 flights in December
Delta Air Lines will launch daily New York JFK-Rio de Janeiro service starting Dec. 21, pending US Department of Transportation (DOT) approval.
United opens automated screening lanes checkpoint at Newark Airport
United Airlines has unveiled a redesigned security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C, featuring 17 new automated screening lanes built by Luton, UK-based aviation checkpoint developer L-3 MacDonald Humfrey.
Fiji Airways reports $40 million operating profit for 2016
Fiji Airways Group reported FJD84.5 million ($39.7 million) in 2016 group operating profit before tax, up 20.4% from FJD70.2 million in 2015. Total revenue for the year was FJD825.3 million, up 1.2% over FJD815.3 million in 2015. The company did not release net profit/loss results for the year.
FedEx Boeing 757-200F
FedEx reports $562 million net profit for fiscal 3Q
FedEx Corp. has posted a consolidated net profit of $562 million for its FY2017 third quarter covering the peak holiday period between December 2016 and February 2017, a 10.8% increase over $507 million net income in the year-ago quarter.
FAA forecasts 2.4% annual passenger traffic growth through 2037
Noting the US airline industry saw its seventh consecutive year of profitability in 2016, FAA is projecting the US will see a “competitive and profitable aviation industry characterized by increasing demand for air travel [with] airfares growing more slowly than inflation” over the next 20 years, according to the agency’s annual Aerospace Forecast for fiscal years 2017-3037.
Thai Airways Boeing 787-8
Thai Airways reverses losses, posts $1.3 million 2016 net profit
Thai Airways International posted a net profit of THB46.8 million ($1.3 million) for 2016, a turnaround from the airline’s THB13 billion net loss in 2015.
A4A: Major US airlines post 14.2% pre-tax profit margin in 2016
The 10 publicly traded US passenger airlines collectively reported a pre-tax profit margin of 14.2% in 2016, according to Airlines for America (A4A).
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017

Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017

Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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