Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Alaska Airlines to eliminate plastic straws systemwide 
Alaska Airlines will eliminate plastic straws on aircraft and airport lounges across its domestic and international network from July 16.
Volaris Costa Rica completes launch of San José-US routes 
Ultra-LCC Volaris Costa Rica completed its initial round of Central America-US route openings with the launch of flights between Costa Rican capital San José and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Dominican Republic LCC Flycana set for 2023 launch 
Dominican Republic-based startup Dominican Wings is rebranding as Flycana, the first LCC in the Caribbean, according to owner and founder Victor Pacheco.
Asia-Pacific airlines ride global economy growth to $9 billion profit 
Asia-Pacific airlines saw a collective 31.3 % rise in net profits in 2017, earning $8.8 billion in net profit during 2017, compared to $6.7 billion in 2016, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
Avianca Airbus A321
Avianca looks to defer new aircraft deliveries by three years 
Bogota-based Avianca is in advanced negotiations with aircraft vendors to “re-accommodate its existing aircraft open orders, especially those scheduled for delivery in 2020, 2021 and 2022,” according to CEO Hernán Rincón, indicating deliveries may be deferred three years.
JetBlue Airbus A321
JetBlue, pilot union reach agreement in principle 
JetBlue Airways and its pilots union leadership have reached an agreement in principle on a new labor contract, according to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
GOL Boeing 737-800
GOL reports 1Q net profit down on taxes; revenue up on higher demand 
São Paulo-based LCC GOL reported a BRL220.8 million ($66.8 million) net profit for the first quarter of 2018, down 6% from BRL234.9 million in 1Q 2017.
LATAM Boeing 787-9
LATAM posts $94 million 1Q net profit on passenger, cargo rebound 
Santiago-based LATAM Airlines Group posted a $94 million net profit for the first quarter of 2018, up 43.2% compared to 1Q 2017’s $66 million net income, driven by a 50% year-over-year (YOY) rise in operating income.
Boeing 787s in American Airlines livery
Boeing’s April orders led by American’s 47 787s, Utair’s 30 MAXs 
Boeing’s April orderbook was dominated by American Airlines’ April 6 order for 47 787s, which helped to lift the US manufacturer’s gross commercial aircraft order total for the year to 321, nearly double the total for Airbus.
April’s biggest order for Airbus came from SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Airbus’ April orders rebound with first A319neo orders in a year 
Airbus doubled its year-to-date commercial aircraft orderbook in April, firming new orders for 68 aircraft from three airlines—Bhutan’s Druk Air, US ultra-LCC Allegiant Air and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)—and two undisclosed customers, valued at approximately $7.3 billion at list prices.
Angola Air Connection Express Q400
Angola’s Air Connection Express firms Q400s for TAAG feeder network 
Air Connection Express—a consortium of Angolan airlines, airport oversight and operations entities—has firmed an order for six Bombardier Q400 turboprops, valued at $198 million at list prices.
IATA: Passenger traffic up 7.2% in 1Q 2018, moderation expected in 2Q 
Global air passenger traffic in March grew at its fastest monthly pace in a year—up 9.5% year-over-year—driven by a generally strong global economic backdrop, according to IATA’s latest Air Passenger Market Analysis.
JetBlue debuts first ‘classic’ A320 with restyled cabin interior 
New York-based JetBlue Airways has put its first Airbus A320 to feature a major cabin interior overhaul into service.
Atlas Air Boeing 747-800F
Atlas Air Worldwide posts $9.6 million 1Q profit, raises 2018 outlook 
Air cargo operator Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported a $9.6 million net profit for the first quarter of 2018, reversed from a $752,000 net loss in 1Q 2017.
IATA: Falling export orders, rising trade tensions weaken cargo growth 
Global air cargo demand fell to its lowest level in 22 months in March, as traffic measured in FTKs increased 1.7% compared to a year earlier, when March 2017 demand grew 14%, according to IATA’s latest Air Freight Market Analysis released May 2.
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