Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
New round of FAA airport funds includes $93 million to Chicago O’Hare
FAA, in its fourth round of US airport infrastructure grants for 2018, has released an additional $616.9 million in funding, lifting the total airport improvement program (AIP) awards announced year-to-date to $2.7 billion.
LATAM to retrofit cabin interiors on two-thirds of its fleet 
Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group will overhaul the interior of over 200 aircraft—two-thirds of its global fleet—over the next two years, in an investment of $400 million, the company said during its 2Q 2018 quarterly operations call.
LATAM Boeing 787-9
LATAM posts $114 million 2Q loss on labor strikes, engine challenges 
Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group narrowed its second-quarter 2018 net loss to $113.6 million, improved from 2Q 2017’s $138 million net loss, and despite a $79 million foreign exchange loss during the quarter mainly attributable to the 12.2% year-over-year (YOY) depreciation of the Brazilian currency.
Canada’s Flair Airlines plans 11 US flights
Edmonton-based independent ultra-LCC Flair Airlines stepped up its competition with the Canadian majors’ subsidiary LCCs Aug. 20 by announcing 11 new nonstop transborder US flights for the upcoming winter season.
Delta, Kenya Airways to codeshare on Nairobi flights 
Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways have agreed to a codeshare partnership in which Delta’s code will be placed on certain flights to and from the Kenyan national flag carrier’s hub at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Avianca Airbus A320
Avianca posts $36 million 2Q loss on fuel costs, strike effects 
Avianca Holdings had an unadjusted net loss of $35.7 million for the 2018 second quarter, reversed from a $10.6 million net profit in 2Q 2017, as the Colombia-based company faced currency volatility, increased fuel prices, infrastructure disruptions and continuing after-effects of a 51-day pilots’ strike in 4Q 2017.
Qatar Airways firmed up a follow-up order for five Boeing 777Fs
Boeing reports three customer orders in July for 30 aircraft 
Boeing recorded new firm orders from three customers for 30 commercial aircraft in July, valued at about $6.2 billion worth at list prices.
IATA: 2018 passenger traffic growth slows on 60% rise in fuel costs 
Global air passenger traffic was up 7.8% in June, reflecting a healthy start to the peak summer travel season in the northern hemisphere, but overall demand through June has moderated in 2018 compared to the first-half of 2017, according to IATA’s latest Air Passenger Market Analysis.
Azul Airbus A320neo
Brazil’s Azul posts $62 million 2Q net profit on fleet renewal revenue 
Azul Brazilian Airlines reported a BRL238.3 million ($61.6 million) net profit for the 2018 second quarter, reversing its BRL386 million net loss of 2Q 2017, as revenues generated by seven new Airbus A320neos offset rising fuel prices, a weakened Brazilian currency and a nationwide truckers strike.
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800
Copa 2Q net profit down 15% on fuel costs, weak regional currencies 
Panama-based Copa Holdings posted a second-quarter 2018 net profit of $49.9 million, down 15% from $58.6 million in 2Q 2017.
Air freight market growth slows in June 
The predicted slowdown of the global air freight market became a clear trend in June, as year-over-year (YOY) growth in the total air cargo market slowed to 2.7%, about half the five-year average growth rate (5.1%), according to IATA’s June Air Freight Market Analysis.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United, Avianca and Copa consider joint business agreement 
Chicago-based United Airlines, Colombia’s Avianca and Panamanian flag carrier Copa Airlines may form a three-way joint business agreement, according to statements released by the two Latin American airlines’ holding companies Aug. 8.
Interjet Airbus A320
Mexico’s Interjet expands interline agreements with JAL 
Mexican LCC Interjet Airlines expanded its passenger connections across the Pacific Aug. 7 with the announcement the carrier has established a bilateral interline agreement with Japan Airlines (JAL).
Airbus receives one firm booking for July 
Despite Airbus’ new orders and commitments for about 475 commercial aircraft gained at the Farnborough Air Show, the Toulouse-based manufacturer registered just one firm booking—for eight A350-900s—in its July orders and deliveries report released Aug. 6.
Star Alliance brings passenger connection service to Toronto 
Star Alliance opened its passenger and baggage expedite service at Toronto Pearson International Airport last month, bringing personalized and streamlined transfer handling to passengers with tight connections between two Star Alliance member airline flights to its fifth network hub.
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