Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
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.”
WestJet names former Scoot executive to head ULCC Swoop
Calgary-based WestJet Group named Steven Greenway as president of WestJet’s forthcoming ultra-LCC Swoop.
American CEO Parker decries failure to advance ATC reform 
Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlines CEO Doug Parker expressed disappointment with Congress’ decision this week to shelve spinning off US air traffic management (ATC) from the FAA.
Thales exec urges cyberthreat vigilance 
French technology provider Thales North American CEO Alan Pellegrini said stakeholders should be “highly concerned, but not necessarily scared” about cyberattack threats in an era of rapidly expanding aircraft connectivity.
Spirit Airlines A321
Spirit pilots ratify long-term contract, ending 3-year labor struggle
Spirit Airlines’ pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have voted to ratify a new five-year working agreement, concluding an often-contentious three-year effort to secure a new labor contract.
Avianca A320
Avianca posts $245 million 2017 net profit after pilot strike adjustments
In results adjusted to reflect a 51-day pilots’ strike affecting nearly half of its fourth quarter, Colombia-based Avianca Holdings reported $245 million in adjusted net income for 2017, more than doubling the company’s net profit over 2016.
Northrop Grumman to develop DHS next-gen biometrics program
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded US aerospace technology company Northrop Grumman with a $95 million contract to develop its Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system, the biometric identification program DHS will employ as the next-generation successor to IDENT, DHS’ existing biometric ID system originally developed in 1994.
American, Qantas resubmit JV application to DOT
American Airlines and Australian flag carrier Qantas are hoping that a revised application submitted to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Feb. 26 to form an antitrust-immunized joint venture (JV) will be approved.
IATA: 2017 hull losses dominated by turboprop accidents 
The global airline industry saw its total accident and fatal accident rates cut by a third in 2017 compared to 2016, well below the five-year average in each category, according to IATA’s 2017 Airline Safety Performance report.
Renderings of Boeing 737 MAX 7 and -8 in Air Lease livery
Tax reform boosts Air Lease Corp. to $756 million 2017 net profit 
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) received a $354 million benefit from the December 2017 US tax reform legislation, pushing the Los Angeles-based commercial aircraft lessor to a $756.2 million net profit for 2017, more than doubling ALC’s $375 million net income in 2016.
Lessor Avolon doubles revenue, reports $550 million 2017 profit
Dublin-based Avolon reported a $550 million profit for the year, a 59.4% rise over its $345 million profit after tax in 2016.
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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