Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
New DHS measures for VWP countries require border screenings 
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new security requirements for the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Dec. 15, including requiring VWP countries to systematically screen travelers crossing their respective borders against US counterterrorism information.
SITA IT trends study shows surge in inflight connectivity value 
A complete, connected inflight experience is “irrefutably here to stay,” according to SITAONAIR VP-strategy Dominique El Bez, presenting SITA’s 2017 Air Transport IT Trends survey.
IATA certifies GDS provider Travelport as NDC Level 3 aggregator
IATA has certified UK-based global distribution system (GDS) travel commerce provider Travelport as a New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 3 aggregator, linking the UK-based GDS provider with IATA’s NDC initiative to create an XML-based data transmission industry standard for communications between airlines and travel agents.
Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-800
Minnesota-based ULCC Sun Country Airlines sold to NY investment firm
Minneapolis/St-Paul-based leisure carrier-turned ULCC Sun Country Airlines will be sold to New York investment firm Apollo Global Management during the first quarter of 2018, pending regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, the two companies said Dec. 14.
Norwegian Air Argentina to receive first 737-800 in January
Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) will receive its first aircraft—a nine-month old Boeing 737-800—in January 2018, bringing the Buenos Aires-based subsidiary of the European LCC closer to flight-operational status, the company said Dec. 14.
DHL Boeing 767-200F
DHL Express firms Air Hong Kong partnership though 2033
Global express freight provider DHL Express and subsidiary cargo carrier Air Hong Kong have agreed to a 15-year block space agreement that will extend Air Hong Kong’s support of DHL Express’ network through 2033.
US, EU expand cooperation on ATC modernization, pilot training
The US and the European Union (EU) are amending two joint agreements expanding cooperation on aviation safety and air traffic management (ATC) modernization.
BTS: US airlines combined 3Q profits down as labor, fuel expenses rise 
US scheduled passenger airlines saw a nearly $66 million drop in consolidated net profit during the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
Weekend snowstorm forces 1,375 Delta flight cancellations
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines canceled 1,375 flights Dec. 8-9 as an early winter storm brought over two inches of snow to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Delta’s largest hub.
View of Terminal A from the new parking garage
PATH approves $1.1 billion for New York regional airport improvements 
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) approved its 2018 budget Dec. 7, paving the way for $1.1 billion in capital budget funds toward redeveloping the region’s three airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA).
DOT axes proposed rules for ancillary revenue, baggage fee disclosure
Critics of perceived federal government overreach regarding US airline industry regulation were handed a victory Dec. 7 as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew two proposed rules that would have forced US airlines to collect and publish detailed data on ancillary revenues and disclose baggage fees to passengers at point-of-sale, respectively.
Dublin-based Avolon finalized an order for 55 737 MAX 8s and 20 737 MAX 10s
Lessors dominate Airbus, Boeing November orders
Boeing dominated November’s new order tally, booking 159 commercial aircraft by six customers, valued at approximately $21 billion at list prices.
American Airlines to retrofit overhead bins on A321 fleet
American Airlines is planning to add extra-large storage bins on the bulk of its in-service Airbus A321s, 202 aircraft in all, and has chosen Airbus’s aftermarket services unit Services by Airbus to perform the retrofit, the Toulouse-based manufacturer said Dec. 6.
Three US airlines to restrict certain smart luggage from cargo holds
Three US airlines have issued restrictions on certain “smart bags”—recently introduced high-tech luggage powered by lithium batteries—as checked-in baggage.
Aerolíneas Argentina 737 MAX 8
MAX 8 comes to Latin America with first Aerolíneas Argentinas flight
Aerolíneas Argentina took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 Nov. 29 and flew the aircraft’s first commercial flight from Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to Mendoza in western Argentina Dec. 4.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 16, 2017

Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK....More
Dec 15, 2017

Editorial: Gulf Open Skies decision is right call

Despite a renewed campaign against the hub Gulf carriers, the three US major airlines ended the year with essentially nothing gained....More
Dec 12, 2017

Customer service lessons for British Airways, Heathrow and all airlines

A final update on my journey out of the London Heathrow chaos, along with a few takeaways that the incident made me think about, not just for the airline and airport directly involved, but for the wider industry....More
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