Mark Nensel

Data Editor,
Air Transport World
Obama signs bill to cap TSA-imposed passenger security fees
US President Barack Obama has signed into law H.R. 5462, which caps Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-imposed passenger security fees for US-based round-trip itineraries at $11.20.
FedEx fiscal 2Q net earnings leap 23% to $616 million 
FedEx Corp. has posted a consolidated net profit of $616 million for its FY2015 second-quarter ended Nov. 30, up 23.2% year-over-year from net income of $500 million in the company’s FY2014 second quarter.
BTS: $3 billion 3Q net profit for 10 largest US passenger airlines
The 10 largest US scheduled passenger airlines collectively reported net income of $2.99 billion in the 2014 third-quarter, down 13.8% from a 2014 second quarter net profit of $3.5 billion but nearly matching (down by 0.5%) the $3 billion in net income the 10 carriers posted in the 2013 third quarter.
US-Cuba thaw: Some travel bans lifted but US carriers still restricted
The US has announced it will initiate discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, aiming to open an embassy in Havana in the coming months.
ACI: October global passenger numbers up 6%; air freight up 5%
Air freight volumes worldwide were up 5% year-over-year in October, a 1.2 point drop from September, but signifying the 13th consecutive month of air cargo growth, according to Airports Council International (ACI).
BTS: 80% on-time arrivals in October; 1.1% of US flights canceled
The on-time arrival performance for US domestic scheduled flights in October was 80%, down 1.1 point from September and 4.1 points from October 2013, according to the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
Boeing: Demand for new commercial aircraft in 2015 ‘healthy, balanced’
Boeing is forecasting strong demand for new commercial aircraft in 2015, resulting in nearly $124 billion in deliveries across the industry, double the amount from 2010, according to Boeing’s Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook for 2015.
IATA October air passenger report: LCCs lift European travel doldrums 1
Air passenger traffic demand worldwide increased 5.7% year-over-year in October, building on September’s 5.2% rise “as improvements in economies in Asia-Pacific and the US offset signs of weakness in the eurozone and China,” IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler said in IATA’s October Air Passenger Market Analysis Report.
Airbus wins November orders and deliveries tally; Boeing leads YTD
Airbus led Boeing in November for new commercial aircraft orders, totaling 248 aircraft orders versus Boeing’s 221.
Sichuan Airlines A320
Sichuan Airlines’ training center to gain fifth L-3 Link simulator
Sichuan Airlines has awarded L-3 Link Simulation & Training a contract for an additional Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS), the fifth such system to be installed at the Sichuan Airlines Group training center in Chengdu, China.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX 200 in Ryanair livery
Boeing November orders and deliveries roundup
Boeing logged six commercial orders in November, for a total of 221 aircraft. The company also reported delivering 53 commercial aircraft to 40 customers.
IATA: October global air freight rises despite regional fluctuations
Global air freight markets continued to surge for a fourth consecutive month as demand in October increased 5.4% year-over-year, according to IATA’s October air freight market analysis.
BTS: US airlines employment continues moderate comeback in September
Full-time-equivalent (FTE) employment at US scheduled passenger airlines grew 1.1% year-over-year in September, to a total FTE count of 384,439 personnel, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
SpiceJet 737-800
SpiceJet narrows net losses 45% in FY 2Q
Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet reported a net loss of Rs3.1 billion ($50.4 million) for its 2015 fiscal-year (FY) second-quarter ended Sept. 30, narrowed 45% from a loss of Rs5.6 billion posted in the year-ago quarter.
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800
Copa Holdings 3Q net income drops 47.6% on Venezuela capacity cuts 
Copa Holdings, parent company of Panama-based Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, reported third-quarter net income of $66 million, down 47.6% year-over-year, compared to the company’s $126 million net in the year-ago September quarter.

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