Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Boeing South Carolina facility
IAM files new petition to unionize Boeing South Carolina workers
The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Jan. 20 to hold an election to unionize more than 2,850 production employees at Boeing’s South Carolina facility in North Charleston.
IATA: Airline profitability cycle momentum weakens
IATA’s quarterly survey of airline CFOs and cargo heads, released Jan. 19, reveals a slight uptick in optimism for profits in 2017.
Hong Kong lessor CALC delivered 18 A320ceos in 2016
Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) delivered 18 aircraft in 2016.
DOT proposes new baggage fee disclosure rules
In the last week of the Obama Administration, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed that airlines and ticket agents be required to disclose specific baggage fees when providing airfare information.
FAA, UAV aerial photography operator SkyPan settle civil penalty case
FAA and Chicago-based aerial photography company SkyPan International have reached an agreement settling a $1.9 billion civil penalty FAA originally levied against SkyPan in October 2015.
IATA: Global air freight continued growth trend in November
Worldwide air freight traffic increased 6.8% year-over year (YOY) in November 2016, moderating from October’s 8.4% YOY growth, which was a 20-month high, according to IATA’s November Air Freight Market analysis.
Airbus aircraft A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380
Airbus 2017 commercial aircraft list prices rise 1%
List prices for Airbus’ commercial fleet increased an average of 1% for 2017, Airbus announced Jan. 11. The price increase went into effect Jan. 1.
Rendering of 737-800NG in Jeju Air livery
Jeju Air is customer for three unidentified Boeing 737-800NGs
Boeing confirmed Jan. 10 that South Korean low-cost carrier (LCC) Jeju Air is the previously unidentified customer behind a December 2016 order for three 737-800NGs, valued at $288 million at current prices.
Aviation Capital Group orders 35 A320 family aircraft
US lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) placed a follow-on firm order Jan. 10 for 35 Airbus A320 family aircraft, with purchase options for 10 additional aircraft.
AAPA: Asia-Pacific sees modest air freight recovery in 2016
Asian airlines’ international air cargo traffic for November increased 5.3% year-over-year (YOY) to 6.1 billion FTKs, a 1.3% rise in FTKs from October, according the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
Boeing logs $33 billion in December orders
Boeing booked firm orders* for 289 commercial aircraft from 15 customers in December 2016, valued at approximately $32.6 billion at list prices.
Delta's new terminal at New York JFK Airport.
Different plans floated for JFK Airport growth
All three of the New York metropolitan area major airports will see multi-billion dollar infrastructure investments under a proposed new plan, but the New York state governor wants to see far more invested in John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Alaska Airlines launches Los Angeles-Havana flights
Alaska Airlines launched its Los Angeles-Havana service Jan. 5, bringing regularly scheduled commercial passenger flights from the US west coast to Cuba for the first time. Alaska operated the flight using a Boeing 737-900ER.
Southwest to boost capacity 3.5% in 2017, announces 22 new routes
Southwest Airlines, which plans to grow capacity 3.5% in 2017, has released details on 22 new and seasonal routes, including four international routes originating from its forthcoming international concourse at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.
Rockwell Collins acquires self-service bag drop developer Pulse.Aero
US-based avionics and IT provider Rockwell Collins announced Jan. 4 the company’s acquisition of UK-based self-service bag drop system developer Pulse.Aero.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 19, 2017

Board games

Could organizing passengers on a mat – yes, an actual physical mat - help speed up aircraft boarding and cut turnaround times?...More
Jan 19, 2017

‘Basic economy’ is a reasonable business decision for airlines

It's about much more than overhead bin carry-on bag restrictions....More
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