Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United’s $637 million 3Q net profit reflects hurricanes’ impact 
United Airlines posted a $637 million net profit for the 2017 third quarter Oct. 18, down 34% from 3Q 2016 as the airline weathered an estimated $210 million loss in revenue from the August-September hurricanes.
Second US federal court blocks most of latest travel ban
A second US federal district court judge issued a block Oct. 17 on the Trump administration’s third travel ban, which had been scheduled to take effect Oct. 18.
Third US travel ban largely blocked by federal judge
A federal judge in Hawaii on Oct. 17 reportedly blocked a large portion of the Trump administration’s third attempt at a foreign travel ban to the US, a day before the ban was set to take effect.
Island Air Bombardier Q400
Hawaii’s Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Hawaiian inter-island regional carrier Island Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 16, in what the carrier called “an effort to continue normal operations while navigating through legal challenges recently presented by the lessors of its aircraft.”
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit revises 3Q guidance; storms cost $40 million in lost revenue 
Florida-based ULCC Spirit Airlines revised its third-quarter operational guidance Oct. 16 and indicated the airline took a $40 million hit in lost revenue from the recent hurricanes.
Etihad Airways A330-200
Airbus forecasts doubling of Middle East fleet by 2036
Middle East airlines will require 2,590 new commercial aircraft over the next 20 years, according to Airbus’s 2017 Global Market Forecast, representing a market value of $600 billion for the region’s future fleet.
FAA adopts Stage 5 noise standard on new aircraft designs
FAA has adopted a new noise standard that will result in a volume decrease of seven decibels (dBs) for certain newly designed subsonic aircraft.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue projects potential $134 million revenue loss from hurricanes 
New York-based JetBlue revised its preliminary third-quarter guidance Oct. 11 to reflect an estimated $44 million negative impact on 3Q 2017 revenue by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
IATA: Solid August air cargo traffic points to robust full-year result
Global air freight traffic continued to gain momentum, rising 12.1% compared to a year ago, as reported in IATA’s August Air Freight Market Analysis.
CBP testing biometric facial recognition with TSA at JFK Terminal 7
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiated a 30-day test of facial recognition biometric technology at a TSA international checkpoint at New York-JFK airport’s Terminal 7, the agency said Oct. 11.
SkyWest’s 45 E175 orders lift Embraer’s 3Q commercial aircraft outlook 
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer firmed its biggest order of 2017 during the third quarter when Utah-based SkyWest Inc. ordered a cumulative 45 E175s, valued at approximately $2.1 billion at list prices.
Air Lease Corp. sold seven aircraft, delivered three in 3Q 
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) sold seven aircraft and delivered three newly built aircraft during the 2017 third quarter, the Los Angeles-based lessor said Oct. 9.
IATA: global passenger trips rose 7% in 2016
Commercial airlines flew 3.8 billion passengers in 2016, a 7% increase approximately equivanelt to 242 million additional air trips -- over the previous year, according to IATA’s 2017 World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report, released Oct. 9.
BOC Aviation gains 26 lease commitments, delivers nine aircraft in 3Q 
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation delivered nine aircraft and added 26 lease commitments in the 2017 third quarter, the company said Oct. 9.
ACI: As major airports grow, smallest airports see passenger drop-off 
In 2017, there are now 46 airports worldwide that each serve over 40 million passengers per year, a 24.3% year-over-year surge in this elite category of mega-hub airports, according to a new Airports Council International (ACI) annual report.
Blogs & Commentary
Oct 18, 2017

Planes, Politics & Protectionism

It’s ironic that the US is seeing a surge in activity that smacks of protectionism under a Republican president; one who campaigned on his credentials as a businessman....More
Oct 17, 2017

Airbus-Bombardier CSeries shocker: First thoughts

There will be much more to say about the blockbuster Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal, in which Airbus will become the majority stakeholder in the CSeries program, in the days and weeks ahead. Here are a few initial thoughts…...More
Oct 13, 2017

Basic economy is a success if it does NOT sell

The success of basic economy 'isn’t how many people buy it, but how many people don’t buy it.'...More
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