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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. 

American agrees to pay $22.1 million to settle falsification allegations
American Airlines has agreed to pay $22.1 million to settle allegations that it falsely reported delivery times of mail transported internationally on behalf of the US government.
US, Japan sign pact on new Tokyo Haneda slots
Delegations from the US and Japan signed an agreement Aug. 21 that will add two dozen new daytime services between US destinations and Tokyo Haneda Airport.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
NY delegates urge American Airlines to protect area maintenance jobs
New York’s 27 delegates to the US House of Representatives have asked American Airlines and its mechanics’ unions to reach an agreement that prevents jobs at New York-area airports from being shipped overseas.
A4A urges DOT to restrict definition of ‘service animal’
Airlines for America (A4A) wants the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to adopt a more restrictive definition of “service animal,” part of an effort to end abuses of the rules governing emotional service animals (ESA) in the aircraft cabin.
American, Southwest blame MAX grounding for denied boardings rise
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are blaming the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX for a spike of denied boardings in the first half of 2019, according to the latest US Department of Transportation (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report.
Avianca Boeing 787-8
Avianca widens 2Q net loss on lower revenue, aircraft phase-out
Bogotá-based Avianca Holdings posted a 2019 second-quarter net loss of $408 million, widened from $35 million in the year-ago quarter.
LATAM Boeing 787-9
LATAM narrows 2Q loss on increased passenger revenue
Chile’s LATAM Airlines Group narrowed its net loss to $63 million in the second-quarter, as rising passenger revenues were offset by the ongoing financial crisis in Argentina.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
US federal court issues permanent injunction against AA mechanics 
A federal judge in Northern Texas on Aug. 12 ordered unionized mechanics at American Airlines (AA) to end a work slowdown that contributed to a spike in delays and cancellations over the first half of 2019.
New FAA administrator Steve Dickson
New FAA administrator Dickson: ‘No timeline’ for MAX return 
Steve Dickson pledged in his first remarks as FAA administrator not to allow the Boeing 737 MAX to re-enter commercial service until he is “completely assured that it is safe to do so.”
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800
Copa sees strong 2Q on improved demand, higher revenue
Panama-based Copa Holdings Ltd. had a robust 2019 second quarter, despite headwinds from the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.
DOT confirms award of 12 Tokyo Haneda routes 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final decision awarding four US carriers a total of 12 new daily services to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND).
DOT clarifies, finalizes policy on emotional support animals
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Aug. 8 issued a final policy statement regarding the transport of emotional support animals (ESA) aboard commercial aircraft cabins.
Delta Connection E175
Republic Airways adds 30 E175s amid Delta regional shakeup 
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will send 30 used Embraer E175s to Indianapolis-based Republic Airways, as part of the ongoing reshuffle of its Delta Connection regional airline brand.
Delta Connection E175
SkyWest orders seven new E175s for Delta
Utah-based SkyWest Airlines has ordered seven new Embraer 175 aircraft to operate on behalf of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the regional carrier announced Aug. 7.
American, Southwest expand corporate travel programs
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines both unveiled new corporate travel initiatives Aug. 5, highlighting the increased competition among airlines to attract lucrative business travelers.
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Blogs & Commentary
Aug 16, 2019

Editor’s Blog: Why Beijing’s bullying of Hong Kong Airport and Cathay could misfire

What has happened in Hong Kong this week amounts to one thing: Beijing bullying....More
Jul 25, 2019

(Yet another) summer of discontent

Europe is bracing for a heatwave, in more ways than one, as tensions threaten to reach a boiling point between airlines, employees and passengers during the busiest period of the year....More
Jul 18, 2019

A rough ride for Ryanair

Irish LCC Ryanair really isn’t having a good week, after losing its COO to easyJet, cutting its growth because of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding and facing industrial unrest among its UK pilots....More

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