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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. 

Spirit sues US DOT over Southwest's vacant Newark slots 
Spirit Airlines is suing the US Department of Transportation (DOT), alleging the department violated federal law by withholding peak-hour slots at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) formerly belonging to Southwest Airlines.
Repair stations oppose US House oversight bill 
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association’s (ARSA) chief lobbyist blasted a US House bill that would crack down on foreign aircraft repair stations, describing the effort as a “new front in the longstanding, ongoing union war against contract maintenance.”
United CEO Oscar Munoz to step down in May 2020 
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will step down in May 2020 to become executive chairman of the board, the company announced Dec. 5.
JetBlue Airways A321
JetBlue ready to transfer Mexico City slot pair to United Airlines
JetBlue Airways is ready and willing to transfer one of its Mexico City slot pairs to United Airlines, as the New York-based carrier prepares to cease flying to the Mexican capital in January.
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DOT urged to grant ATI to proposed Hawaiian-JAL JV 
Hawaii’s four-member US congressional delegation has called on the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant antitrust immunity (ATI) to the proposed joint venture between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL).
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Delta, LATAM ink new codeshare agreements
Chile’s LATAM Airlines Group announced its three South American subsidiaries have entered into codeshare agreements with Delta Air Lines, representing the first step in implementing the two companies’ newly cemented partnership.
Mesa Airlines expands United partnership as American pulls back
Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines is deepening its partnership with United Airlines at the same time the regional carrier is running up against problems in its relationship with American Airlines.
ATR 72-600 makes US debut with Silver Airways
Florida-based Silver Airways became the first US carrier to operate the ATR 72-600 turboprop on Nov. 23, as the regional carrier continues to transition toward an all-ATR fleet.
United wants Mexico City slot pair from JetBlue 
United Airlines is looking to gain a US-Mexico City slot pair from JetBlue Airways, which will stop operating to the Mexican capital in January 2020.
Startup Canada Jetlines sues Neeleman for ‘predatory scheme’ 
Canada Jetlines, a Vancouver-based startup ULCC, has filed a lawsuit against David Neeleman alleging the airline entrepreneur engaged in a “predatory scheme” to sabotage the company’s business ahead of a crucial financing round.
DOT gives final approval for Delta-Virgin-Air France-KLM JV 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued final approval for a grant of global antitrust immunity to the transatlantic joint venture (JV) between Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM.
DeFazio requests audit of FAA domestic repair station oversight
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee has requested the inspector general of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an audit into FAA’s oversight of domestic aeronautical repair stations.
Air Wisconsin pilots end 10-year labor dispute, ratify new contract
Air Wisconsin pilots approved a new three-year contract on Nov. 21, ending a decade-long management dispute that the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) called “one of the longest-running conflicts” in the union’s history.
US House committee approves repair station oversight bill 
A bill that would impose strict oversight requirements at foreign repair stations was approved by the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, despite strong opposition from Republicans and a host of key aviation stakeholders.
Artist’s rendition of Avatar Airlines’ 66,000-square-foot future headquarters
US startup Avatar Airlines considers ad-based ULCC model 
A startup airline is looking to disrupt the low-cost domestic air travel market in the US through an innovative business model that would rely on advertising revenue to offset rock-bottom airfares.
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Dec 6, 2019

Next-generation bundling: Emissions offsets included

In the face of mounting social pressure, European airlines are upping their environmental game. Are emission offsets about to follow the path of WiFi and online-purchase delivery fees, where they become bundled into the basic price?...More
Nov 14, 2019

Wizz CEO’s attack on premium cabins is a sustainability red herring

The CEO and co-founder of Budapest LCC Wizz Air has issued a statement calling for all airlines to ban premium cabins on flights of less than five hours....More
Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

Korean Air has just released details of its new safety video and it is certainly different; it’s a music video featuring K-pop band SuperM, which created a song for this purpose....More

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