Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Allegiant Air A320
Allegiant Air, flight attendants secure first contract
After six years of negotiations, Las Vegas-based ultra LCC Allegiant Air and its 1,150 flight attendants have a contract.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200
ATL blackout cost Delta up to $50 million, reimbursement talks to come
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian estimates the 11-hour power blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Dec. 17 cost the company between $25 and $50 million, a Delta spokesperson confirmed to ATW Dec. 21.
2018 commercial aviation industry market forecast 
The global airline industry continues to prove it can deliver profits year after year.
Spirit Airlines Airbus A319
Spirit Airlines to launch new Ecuador, Haiti routes in 2018
Florida-based ultra LCC Spirit Airlines will launch two new year-round international routes, including the carrier’s first service to Ecuador, from its Fort Lauderdale hub in spring 2018.
Flydubai firms order for up to 225 737 MAXs
Dubai-based hybrid carrier flydubai firmed its order for 175 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft—including options for an additional 50 MAXs—Dec. 21, a $27 billion list price booking that Boeing claims as the “largest single-aisle order [by number of aircraft and total value] in Middle East history.”
FedEx Boeing 757-200F
FedEx: $775 million FY2Q profit offset by cyberattack effects 
FedEx Corp. posted a $775 million net profit for its fiscal 2018 second quarter, up 11% year-over-year, attributable, the company said, to increased package volume and higher base rates but offset by after-effects of the June cyberattack on FedEx’s Dutch subsidiary TNT Express.
Volaris A320neo
Volaris Costa Rica to launch US routes in March 2018
Ultra LCC Volaris Costa Rica was granted a foreign air carrier permit by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Dec. 19, opening the Central American subsidiary of Mexico City-based ULCC Volaris to begin flights to the US.
Southwest Boeing 737-700
Southwest to restrict smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries
Southwest Airlines is joining the movement to restrict smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries, following similar guidelines announced by fellow US carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines in early December.
Interview: Mario Dell’Acqua CEO, Aerolineas Argentinas 
Mario Dell’Acqua, previously a tech industry executive, was appointed to lead Aerolineas Group in December 2016 by Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
New DHS measures for VWP countries require border screenings 
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new security requirements for the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Dec. 15, including requiring VWP countries to systematically screen travelers crossing their respective borders against US counterterrorism information.
SITA IT trends study shows surge in inflight connectivity value 
A complete, connected inflight experience is “irrefutably here to stay,” according to SITAONAIR VP-strategy Dominique El Bez, presenting SITA’s 2017 Air Transport IT Trends survey.
IATA certifies GDS provider Travelport as NDC Level 3 aggregator 
IATA has certified UK-based global distribution system (GDS) travel commerce provider Travelport as a New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 3 aggregator, linking the UK-based GDS provider with IATA’s NDC initiative to create an XML-based data transmission industry standard for communications between airlines and travel agents.
Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-800
Minnesota-based ULCC Sun Country Airlines sold to NY investment firm 
Minneapolis/St-Paul-based leisure carrier-turned ULCC Sun Country Airlines will be sold to New York investment firm Apollo Global Management during the first quarter of 2018, pending regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, the two companies said Dec. 14.
Norwegian Air Argentina to receive first 737-800 in January 
Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) will receive its first aircraft—a nine-month old Boeing 737-800—in January 2018, bringing the Buenos Aires-based subsidiary of the European LCC closer to flight-operational status, the company said Dec. 14.
DHL Boeing 767-200F
DHL Express firms Air Hong Kong partnership though 2033 
Global express freight provider DHL Express and subsidiary cargo carrier Air Hong Kong have agreed to a 15-year block space agreement that will extend Air Hong Kong’s support of DHL Express’ network through 2033.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 12, 2018

All that glitters…

European airlines are turning in some glittering passenger growth stories, fuelling the misconception that aviation is a gold mine, when in reality each passenger is flying for less....More
Jan 2, 2018

Media reaction to ‘safest year’ for airlines is telling

Two reports issued at the start of the year hail good news for the air traveling public: 2017 was the safest year in history with no fatalities occurring on large commercial jets....More
Dec 29, 2017

To the PSA pilot who made my Christmas Eve

It can often be the little things that make for great customer service, especially when things go wrong. Here’s a true Christmas Eve story of a PSA Airlines pilot who made a difference....More
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