Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR
Delta to launch fourth US-Shanghai route
Delta Air Lines will introduce a new direct daily route between Atlanta and Shanghai, China in July 2018, the Atlanta-based carrier said July 19, pending government approvals.
Volaris A320
Mexico’s Volaris reports $29 million 2Q net loss
Mexico City-based ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Volaris reported a MXN519.9 million ($29 million) net loss for the 2017 second quarter, reversed from the airline’s MXN935 million net profit in 2Q 2016.
ALPA aviation safety forum
Aviation experts identify industry’s biggest safety challenges
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) acting chairman Robert Sumwalt said complacency is the biggest threat to safety the aviation industry.
Supreme Court backs broad family definition in travel ban exemptions
The US Supreme Court, in a short order issued July 18, denied the Trump Administration’s recent motion seeking clarification on the court’s June 26 ruling, in which the court said the administration’s 90-day travel ban executive order “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
JetBlue A320
JetBlue pilots request federal mediation
JetBlue Airways pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), requested mediation services from the National Mediation Board (NMB) July 18 to assist with contract negotiations.
Delta Connection Embraer E175
Delta to double Seattle-Austin flights, launch Medford, Oregon service
Delta Air Lines is boosting its recently launched Seattle, Washington-Austin, Texas service with a morning flight, its second daily departure on the route, from Oct. 1, the Atlanta-based carrier said July 18.
New FAA airport grants to fund runway repairs in Tucson, San Diego
FAA made several of its largest airport improvement program (AIP) grants yet in its 2017 award season July 17, releasing $290.6 million in funds to 105 US airports, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United Airlines posts $818 million 2Q net profit
United Airlines posted an $818 million net profit for the second quarter of 2017, a 39.1% increase over the Chicago-based airline’s $588 million net income in 2Q 2016.
TNT Boeing 737-400F
TNT Express still recovering from June cyberattack; revenues hit
FedEx’s Netherlands-based subsidiary TNT Express continues to experience residual effects from the June 28 “Petya” cyberattack, with the financial impact of the incident “likely [to] be material,” the company said.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A319
Delta to launch LAX-Mexico City route in December
Delta Air Lines will launch daily Los Angeles-Mexico City service from Dec. 1, complementing its transborder joint-venture partner Aeromexico’s existing 6X-daily roundtrip service.
Chorus Aviation Capital to buy E190 leases from KLM, Aeromexico
Halifax-based Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC), the leasing arm of Chorus Aviation, will acquire two Embraer E190s with attached leases, the company said June 17, bringing in the first Embraer aircraft to the CAC portfolio.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue to expand Mint service to Las Vegas, Seattle in 2018
New York-based JetBlue Airways will expand its Mint service with three new US domestic routes and five additional flights on existing US and Caribbean routes beginning January 2018.
US, Singapore advance mutual surveillance of certified repair stations
FAA and the Civilian Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) signed a maintenance agreement guidance (MAG) document July 12 to implement mutual surveillance of certified repair stations located abroad for each of the agreement partners.
Delta Air Lines A350-900
Delta posts $1.2 billion 2Q net profit; takes first A350-900
Delta Air Lines posted a $1.2 billion net profit for the second quarter of 2017, down 21% from $1.5 billion in net income for 2Q 2016.
FAA awards additional $185 million in airport grants
FAA’s airport infrastructure grants for 2017 expanded July 12 with an additional $185.1 million for 40 US airports, including $54.6 million in discretionary funding for 13 airports, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said.
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 21, 2017

Joon know your target audience? ​

Air France has finally given birth to new lower-cost airline Joon, but is the baby too genetically similar to its elderly parent to appeal to millennials?...More
Jul 7, 2017

Wait-and-see approach is still best on new US security requirements

The foundation is in place for the new standards to be problematic for airlines down the road....More
Jul 7, 2017

​Make it easy; make it different

More and more passengers are looking for ‘business as unusual’ from companies. They want their experience to be easy, different, human…and cheap....More
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