Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Ukraine LCC startup SkyUp Airlines orders 5 Boeing 737 MAXs
Ukrainian startup LCC SkyUp Airlines has signed a firm order for five Boeing MAX aircraft, comprising three 737 MAX 10s and two 737 MAX 8s, making it the first Eastern European carrier to order a MAX 10.
United Airlines Boeing 737-700
United suspends pet-cargo service after spate of incidents
Following three widely publicized pet-related incidents last week, United Airlines suspended its PetSafe travel offering “to conduct a thorough and systematic review,” the Chicago-based airline said March 20.
Lufthansa’s biometric platforms at LAX
Biometric boarding begins for Lufthansa LAX departures
Lufthansa has begun using biometric self-boarding gates at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the carrier said March 19.
Cargojet Boeing 767-300ER
Cargojet 2017 profits rise with increased ACMI, relief flights 
million ($18.9 million), a nearly tenfold increase over the airline’s C$2.4 million net profit in 2016, driven by revenue generated by increased long-haul ACMI flying and chartered hurricane relief flights to the Caribbean.
LATAM Boeing 787-9
LATAM doubles profit in 2017 as low-cost domestic model lifts revenue 
Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group reported a $155.3 million net profit for 2017, more than doubling the group’s $69.2 million net income in 2016, on the back of the company’s highest full-year operating income ($715 million, up 25.8% from 2016) since its formative merger six years ago.
Emirates A380
Airbus leads 2018 new orders while Boeing dominates deliveries
At the 2018 two-month mark, Airbus leads rival Boeing in new commercial aircraft orders with 60 firm bookings, valued at approximately $13.3 billion at list prices, compared to Boeing’s 47 new orders, valued at $10.1 billion.
United assumes ‘full responsibility’ for overhead bin pet death
Chicago-based United Airlines assumed “full responsibility” for the death of a passenger’s dog on United flight 1284 from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport to New York LaGuardia Airport the evening of March 12.
Aviation sector 37% growth lifts Inmarsat 2017 revenues
Global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat reported $1.4 billion in total group revenue for 2017, up 5.4% from 2016, largely on the strength of 36.7% growth in Inmarsat’s aviation sector, which includes in-flight connectivity (IFC), business/general aviation (BGA) and safety/operational services (SOS) revenue. The aviation sector reported $195 million in total revenue for the year.
IATA: Europe, Asia export demand drives air cargo momentum into 2018
The global air cargo market produced a strong start to 2018, as traffic increased 8% year-over-year (YOY) in January, up from 5.8% annual growth in December. Per IATA’s January Air Freight Market Analysis, released March 7, global manufacturers continue to report strong demand for their exports, particularly in Asia-Pacific and Europe.
GOL Boeing 737-800
Brazil’s GOL reports 2017 net profit down 66% on deferred taxes
São Paulo-based LCC GOL reported a BRL378.2 million ($114 million) net profit for 2017, a 65.7% drop from BRL1.1 billion in 2016 net income, as the company paid BRL547 million in deferred income taxes during the year.
Hawaiian Airlines A321neo
Hawaiian chooses Boeing 787-9s as future flagship
Hawaiian Airlines announced March 6 it intends to purchase 10 Boeing 787-9s with options for 10 additional aircraft, a deal valued at $5.4 billion at current list prices if all purchase rights are exercised.
United Airlines Boeing 777-200
United backs down on bonus lottery after employee backlash
United Airlines management did a fast U-turn March 5 after a proposed overhaul of quarterly employee bonuses met with barrage of resistance.
Aeromexico’s new fare structure includes basic economy
The Delta-Aeromexico transborder joint venture (JV) began offering ultra-low-cost fares March 5 as Aeromexico launched its “branded fares” concept and Delta Air Lines touted the increasing range of basic economy fares on what is now more than 50% of Delta’s US-Mexico flights.
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit adjusts cost guidance after pilot contract settlement
Following the resolution last week of a new labor contract with its pilots, Fort Lauderdale-based ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines raised its expected operating expenses excluding fuel for the 2018 first quarter and full-year 2018 by approximately three percentage points compared to 2017.
Delta Airlines A350-900
Delta CEO defends removing NRA discount
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian defended the Atlanta-based airline’s recent removal of a group discount for National Rifle Association (NRA) members, telling Delta employees in a March 2 memo “our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale.”
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 20, 2018

O’Leary’s winning hand with Lauda

Michael O’Leary must have played a lot of Risk as a boy. And he frequently won, judging by how he played his hand over LaudaMotion, a prize that was keenly sought by Lufthansa and British Airways owner IAG....More
Mar 9, 2018

The airline industry’s glass ceiling

Today is National Women’s Day. I’m not typically one of those who lauds achievements purely based on the gender of those who achieved, but a vexing question remains: why are there still so few women running airlines?...More
Mar 2, 2018

Delta CEO takes the high road

Delta Air Lines has withdrawn its discount offer for members of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) following the mass shooting in February at a Florida school that left 17 students and staff dead....More
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