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Jack Wittman

Managing Editor, Air Transport World,

Jack Wittman joined Air Transport World as Managing Editor in 2018.

He began his career as a journalist in the US Army, where he attended the Defense Information School. He later worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in upstate New York before joining the Gannett Government Media Corp. in Virginia. At GGMC he served for 20 years as an editor for several publications, including Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times, Armed Forces Journal, C4ISR Journal and Training & Simulation Journal. Before joining ATW he worked as the associate editor of AIAA’s Aerospace America magazine.

He lives in Burke, VA, with his wife, Amy.

FedEx Express adds Miami-Colombia service
FedEx Express has launched a new cargo service between Miami and the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medellin.
Atlas Air Boeing 747-800F
Atlas COO Dietrich to succeed Flynn as president and CEO
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAW) has appointed EVP and COO John Dietrich to succeed president and CEO Bill Flynn, who will retire Jan.1, 2020.
JetBlue to launch nonstop New York-Ecuador A321neo service 
JetBlue Airways will launch daily nonstop service between its New York JFK base and Guayaquil, Ecuador, beginning Dec. 5.
Atlas Air Boeing 747-400F
Atlas adds 777F service for DHL, third 747F for Asiana 
Atlas Air Worldwide is expanding its Boeing 777F crew, maintenance and insurance (CMI) service with DHL Express and adding a third 747F for Asiana Cargo.
Air Transat A330-300
Developer tops Air Canada’s bid for Air Transat 
A Canadian real estate developer is attempting to derail Air Canada’s planned acquisition of Air Transat by making a more valuable offer for the leisure carrier’s parent company.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United to buy up to 10 million gallons of biofuel 
United Airlines has agreed to purchase up to 10 million gallons of biofuel over the next two years in a contract renewal with World Energy.
Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 file photo
Air Canada swings to 1Q net profit despite MAX grounding 
Air Canada reported 2019 first-quarter net income of C$354 million ($264 million), reversed from a C$203 million loss in the year-ago period.
AerCap’s 1Q net income drops 11.7% on lower sales volume 
Dublin-based lessor AerCap posted a $234.2 million net profit for the first quarter of 2019, down 11.7% from $265.4 million in the year-ago period.
Alaska Air A320neo
Alaska Airlines reports flat net income in 1Q on storm disruptions 
Winter storm-related disruptions and a drop in close-in bookings held Alaska Air Group’s net income flat at $4 million in the 2019 first quarter, the same as the year-ago period.
American extends MAX-related cancellations through June 5 
American Airlines is extending the flight cancellations caused by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet through June 5.
System outage disrupts US airlines’ operations 
A brief outage in a third-party vendor’s software system disrupted the operations of several US carriers April 1.
Aeromexico Boeing 787-9
Aeromexico posts 2018 net loss on fuel costs, inflation 
Grupo Aeromexico reported a net loss for 2018 of MXP1.9 billion ($98.6 million), reversed from a MXP18 million net income a year earlier.
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit Airlines 4Q profit down 62.8% despite revenue increase 
Boosted by higher fare and ancillary revenue, Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines posted a fourth-quarter (4Q) net profit of $92 million and saw revenue increase for the period, despite higher fuel and personnel costs.
SkyWest 2018 net profit down 35%; revenue up on fleet renewal 
With the sale of its ExpressJet Airlines subsidiary and a continuing fleet upgrade, SkyWest Inc. is looking toward more focused operations in 2019.
Allegiant A320
Allegiant 2018 net profit down 18.3% on fuel costs, fleet transition 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent of LCC Allegiant Air, reported a net profit of $162 million for 2018, down 18.3% from $198 million in 2017—a reflection of higher fuel prices and completion of a fleet transition.
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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
Jun 27, 2019

EC’s clear message to the US: Don’t mess with Air Italy

EC Mobility and Transport director general Henrik Hololei’s letter to US State Department under-secretary Manisha Singh couldn’t be clearer: Hands off Air Italy or risk US airlines losing the many benefits and privileges they enjoy as part of the US-EU Open Skies agreement....More
Jun 25, 2019

US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More

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