Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
American subsidiary Envoy Air to reopen LaGuardia operations in 2017
American Airlines subsidiary Envoy Air will re-open New York’s LaGuardia Airport as a base of operations in early 2017, the Irving, Texas-based airline said Sept. 28.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 787-9
Alaska Airlines to start Havana flights in January
Alaska Airlines will launch 1X-daily service to Los Angeles-Havana service on Jan. 5, 2017, the Seattle-based carrier announced Sept. 27. It will be the only nonstop Boeing 737-900 flight to Cuba from the US west coast.
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 787-8
Xiamen Airlines launches first direct US route
China’s Xiamen Airlines began 3X-weekly Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service Sept. 26.
Delta, Air France-KLM and Jet Airways to expand codeshare from CDG
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and joint venture partner Air France-KLM have announced an expansion of the airlines’ existing cooperation agreement with India’s Jet Airways.
WestJet, Hainan Airlines to codeshare
Calgary-based WestJet Airlines plans to codeshare with Haikou, China-based Hainan Airlines, building on an existing interline agreement between the two airlines since 2013, WestJet said.
The second A350-1000 flight test aircraft
Airbus unveils new livery on second A350-1000 test aircraft
The second Airbus A350-1000 flight test aircraft—the first to be equipped with a full passenger cabin—was displayed Sept. 23 in a new carbon fiber-themed livery outside the manufacturer’s paint shop in Toulouse, France.
FAA administrator Michael Huerta
Huerta: FAA becoming more nimble agency as technology advances
FAA administrator Michael Huerta said FAA is moving quickly to adapt to the demands of new technology, acknowledging that the pace of change is difficult for some in the agency.
Perth-based regional carrier Network Aviation joins oneworld alliance
Perth, Australia-based Network Aviation, a regional carrier subsidiary of Qantas, joined the oneworld global airline alliance Sept. 22 as an affiliate member.
JetBlue named launch customer for Airbus scheduled maintenance program
New York-based JetBlue Airways is the launch customer for the first module of Airbus’ Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer, a long-term planning ‘e-solution’ tool, Airbus announced Sept. 22.
Hawaiian Airlines A330
Hawaiian Airlines opens Honolulu-Brisbane ASPIRE route
Hawaiian Airlines completed the first flight on its second ASPIRE (Asia and South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions) route—Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia—Sept. 21.
Embraer opens aircraft seating production facility in Florida
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has opened its subsidiary aircraft seating manufacturing facility in Titusville, Florida.
Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER
Virgin Australia to open Melbourne-LAX, Perth-Abu Dhabi routes in 2017
Virgin Australia will launch 5X-weekly nonstop services from Melbourne to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning April 4, 2017.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue to purchase 10 years’ worth of renewable jet fuel
JetBlue Airways will purchase from Philadelphia-based biofuel provider SG Preston over 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year for at least 10 years, the New York-based airline said Sept. 19.
Spirit Airlines A321
Spirit Airlines is third airline to receive US-built A321
Spirit Airlines has taken delivery of its first US-produced Airbus A321, making the Florida-based ultra low-cost carrier the third airline to receive an aircraft produced at Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility.
United, DHL team to boost Newark-Puerto Rico passenger, cargo service
Chicago-based United Airlines and Deutsche Post DHL Group subsidiary DHL announced a collaborative effort Sept. 15 to increase widebody passenger service from Newark, New Jersey, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, while also boosting cargo shipments and storage capacity of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical payloads.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 28, 2016

MH17: Now round up the criminals

Was it an error? Was it intentional? Who was in charge? Who issued the instructions? Those are the key questions, raised by the international team that investigated the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Those questions must now be answered and those responsible rounded up....More
Sep 26, 2016

No DOJ rubber stamp of Alaska-Virgin America merger

If DOJ had no issues, antitrust clearance would probably have come by the end of this week....More
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