Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network
NTSB investigates American A321 that rolled on takeoff from JFK
US federal safety officials are investigating an American Airlines Airbus A321 that tipped and struck an object during takeoff from New York JFK airport April 10, cutting the flight short and forcing the plane to taxi back to the gate just 29 min. after its scheduled departure.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United doubles 1Q profit on cost management, pre-tax margin growth 
United Airlines doubled its profit in the first quarter, reporting net income of $292 million, up from $145 million in the year-ago quarter, capping out the best first quarter for the Chicago-based carrier in three years.
Air Italy A330-200
US CEOs say AA-DL-UAL are waging ‘disinformation campaign’
FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith has joined with the CEOs of Atlas Air Worldwide and JetBlue Airways to strongly rebuke an open letter to US President Donald Trump from the CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines claiming that Qatar Airways’ stake in Air Italy breaches the US-Qatar Open Skies agreement.
US senators propose bill to hire more customs officers
Proposed legislation in the US Senate would require Customs and Border Protection (CPB) to hire at least 600 additional officers each year until the agency’s staffing needs were completely met.
US bill would protect against toxic cabin air
Bicameral legislation introduced in the US Congress would protect against inflight toxic fumes by mandating installation of carbon monoxide detectors in aircrafts’ supply systems and establishing training and reporting requirements to help pilots crew members identify air contamination events in the cabin.
Qatar Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar hits back against criticism from US over Air Italy stake
Qatar Airways issued a sharp rebuke to what it described as “false accusations” from US lawmakers and the Trump administration, saying that its investment in Air Italy is “fully compliant” with the US-Qatar Open Skies Agreement, as well as the January 2018 US-Qatar Understandings and an accompanying side-letter.
Muilenburg recounts Boeing response to 737 MAX crash, grounding
Boeing chairman, president & CEO Dennis Muilenburg described his response to the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 and the subsequent grounding of the 737 MAX 8, as the US manufacturer finds itself scrambling to restore confidence in the type.
US Sen. Markey introduces ‘Safety is Not for Sale Act’
US Sen. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation that would prohibit aircraft manufacturers from charging airlines extra for safety-critical systems.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue to fly from New York and Boston to London in 2021 
JetBlue Airways intends to launch multiple daily flights to London from its New York and Boston hubs, marking the New York-based carrier’s first foray into the crowded transatlantic market.
Chao defends FAA ODA program, MAX certification
US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao defended the FAA’s practice of delegating certain safety and certification activities to manufacturers in the wake of the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, telling lawmakers the program is “not a self-certification process.”
American lowers 1Q guidance on MAX grounding, flight cancellations
American Airlines is trimming its revenue outlook for the first quarter, citing financial costs and disruptions related to the grounding of the company’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and the temporary removal of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft for maintenance.
FAA defends qualifications of US MAX aviation safety inspectors
FAA acting administrator Dan Elwell on April 4 defended the qualifications of US FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) involved with the Flight Standardization Board (FSB) for the Boeing 737 MAX 8, saying that “all of the flight inspectors who participated in the [FSB] certification activities were fully qualified.”
FAA joint task force to scrutinize Boeing MAX certification 
FAA is launching a joint task force with NASA and international regulators into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and its maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), part of an effort to “ensure the safety” of the jetliner, the agency announced April 3.
TSA urged to improve officer hiring, training
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could boost retention and morale of its 34,200 entry-level officers by making key changes in hiring and training efforts, according to an audit by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG).
US Senate to investigate certification of FAA safety inspectors
Federal lawmakers in the US are examining training standards of FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) who may have participated in the development of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8, adding to the overlapping list of federal and congressional probes into the jetliner’s development and certification.
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