Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
ExpressJet pilots ratify contract, look to United to provide new E175s 
ExpressJet Airlines pilots have ratified a new three-year contract, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)—which represents ExpressJet’s 1,100 pilots—said Sept. 27.
JAL Boeing 787-8
JAL adds Seattle as sixth North American west coast route 
Japan Airlines (JAL) is planning to launch flights between Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) from March 31, 2019, making Sea-Tac JAL’s sixth North American west coast destination.
Emirates scraps proposed fifth freedom Dubai-Spain-Mexico City route 
Emirates Airline has withdrawn its application to operate flights from Dubai to Mexico City via an intermediate stop in Spain, after Mexican authorities granted three flights a week versus the daily schedule sought by the Dubai-based carrier.
Argentina commercial air traffic halted by one-day general strike 
A nationwide strike action will shut down much of Argentina’s air travel capabilities Sept. 25, as aviation-sector employees are expected to join the country’s public transportation and port workers in a full-day protest called by Argentina’s major labor unions.
SpiceJet Q400
India’s SpiceJet takes Bombardier’s first 90-seat Q400 
Indian LCC SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first 90-seat version of Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop, the manufacturer said Sept. 21.
Delta to open biometric terminal at ATL for international passengers 
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines plans to offer a full biometric airport throughput to travelers on direct international flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) Terminal F, beginning late 2018.
Central American aviation leaders urge unity 
Central American commercial aviation leaders pledged renewed cooperation to resolve myriad issues of government regulation, excessive airport and passenger fees and infrastructure inadequacies at the Aviation Day Central America conference in San Jose, Costa Rica Sept. 19.
Interjet SSJ100
Mexico’s Interjet to restructure fleet, phase out some SSJ100s 
Mexican LCC Interjet Airlines, the only operator of Sukhoi Superjets in the Americas, is planning to phase out some of its 22 Superjet 100s as part of a fleet restructuring and overall strategic growth plan through 2021 announced Sept. 14.
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker speaks with NBC’s Tom Costello
American’s Parker: Adaptability is key as profits wane 
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker is confident the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier can ride out the current rise in fuel prices and its effect on profits.
Boeing triples orders in August; delivery pace picks up 
Boeing’s orderbook surged in August, more than tripling July’s input with firm orders placed for 99 new aircraft, valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices.
The first Airbus A220-300s were delivered in August
Airbus August orders lag; first A220s delivered 
Airbus delivered 53 commercial aircraft to 24 airlines and seven lessors during the month, about 1.7 aircraft per day, a slowdown of the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s high pace of 2.7 per day set in in June and July.
Atlas Air Boeing 747-400F
Atlas Air to operate second 747-400F for Asiana Cargo 
Air cargo operator Atlas Air will add another Boeing 747-400 freighter to its operations for South Korea’s Asiana Cargo this month, according to parent company Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAW).
Rendering of Q400 in Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ livery
Biman Bangladesh Airlines orders three Q400s 
Bombardier has secured an order for three Q400 turboprops from Bangladesh national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the Canadian manufacturer said Sept. 10.
IATA: Air passengers exceeded 4 billion in 2017 
Annual passengers traveling via the world’s commercial airlines exceeded 4 billion for the first time in 2017, up 7.3% over 2016 and equivalent to 280 million additional air trips, according to IATA’s annual World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report, released Sept. 6.
Delta seeks partners for joint venture ownership of Trainer refinery 
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is seeking a joint venture partner for ownership of its refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania.
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