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Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network

Ben Goldstein covers the the politics of the US airline industry. Prior to joining Aviation Week Network in Spring 2018, he worked in writing/communications roles at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General. He graduated with a master's degree in political communication from American University in 2017. 

FAA demands answers from Boeing on MAX instant message exchange 
FAA administrator Steve Dickson is seeking answers from Boeing related to an instant message exchange between two Boeing employees that suggests the company may have misled regulators about the safety of the 737 MAX’s flight-control system.
Southwest, Air Canada extend 737 MAX removal to February 2020 
Southwest Airlines has removed all Boeing 737 MAX flying from its schedule to early February, later than other US carriers that have yet to revise their estimates from an early January return-to-service.
US travel group warns 57% of Americans unaware of REAL-ID deadline 
The US Travel Association warned federal lawmakers on Oct. 17 that “Americans are not ready” for the October 2020 deadline for REAL ID enforcement.
JetBlue, Norwegian form transatlantic interline partnership
Norwegian and New York-based JetBlue Airways have signed a letter of intent to form an interline agreement, enabling passengers to fly between Europe and the Americas at low cost and with a single booking.
JetBlue president and CEO Robin Hayes
JetBlue CEO criticizes ‘protectionist tendencies’ of major US carriers
JetBlue Airways president and CEO Robin Hayes lamented the “protectionist tendencies” of the airline industry’s largest players, which he said “has only become more pronounced as carriers have become larger and gained more market power.”
United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
United posts $1 billion 3Q profit on high demand; lifts full-year guidance 
United Airlines raised its full-year earnings forecasts following a stronger-than-expected third-quarter, driven by robust passenger demand and industry-leading cost discipline.
Alaska Airlines A321neo
Alaska, Spirit raise 3Q guidance on revenue, cost improvements
Alaska Air Group and Spirit Airlines both revised their third-quarter guidance to reflect improvements in unit revenue and non-fuel costs.
American reshuffles management teams after turbulent summer
American Airlines is reorganizing its operations and customer service management teams following a tumultuous summer that led to a spike in delays and cancellations.
Delta Air Lines A220-100
Delta reports solid 3Q net profit, revenue; anticipates higher costs 
Delta Air Lines posted a 2019 third-quarter adjusted net profit of $1.5 billion, up 21.5% from $1.2 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Analysts: Risks could affect Boeing’s 787 production target 
Bernstein analysts see risk ahead for Boeing’s ability to maintain 787 production at 14/month in coming years.
Airlines, environmental groups split on how to reduce carbon emissions 
The recent ICAO Assembly in Montreal revealed deep divisions between airlines and environmental groups over the path to reducing carbon emissions.
Avianca A320
Avianca to get up to $250 million loan from United, Kingsland
Colombia’s Avianca Holdings has reached an agreement with United Airlines Holdings and Kingsland Holdings S.A. that would see the Latin American carrier receive financing of up to $250 million while it executes a debt re-profiling plan.
Peruvian Airlines suspends operations
Peruvian Airlines has suspended all operations “until further notice,” after its bank accounts were frozen by Peruvian customs authorities over tax irregularities, the company announced Oct. 4.
GAO report finds TSA review of security directives ‘not consistent’ 
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is not consistently involving airlines when it reviews security directives at foreign airports, and its process for checking them is not transparent, a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.
Hawaiian Airlines A321neo
DOT tentatively approves Hawaiian-JAL JV; declines antitrust immunity 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Oct. 3 tentatively approved an agreement for Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) to operate a joint venture (JV) between Hawaii and Japan, although it declined to grant the pair anti-trust immunity (ATI).
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Oct 19, 2019

Is Bastian creating the fourth global alliance?

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Michele McDonald

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Alitalia’s endless extensions on government money

In what has become close to a bimonthly event, another request has been made to extend the deadline for a business plan to be submitted to get Alitalia back on its feet....More

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