Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
Boeing delivers 806 commercial aircraft in 2018 
Boeing reported deliveries of 806 commercial aircraft in 2018, exceeding its previous record-high delivery total of 763 in 2017, and surpassing rival Airbus’ 800 commercial jet deliveries for the past year.
Green Africa commits to up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8s 
Nigerian startup Green Africa Airways has committed to purchasing up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, Boeing said Dec. 21.
Cargo business rebounds on economic growth 
Freight revenue has returned as an important revenue sector.
Air Italy A330-200
Air Italy to begin flights to Toronto, Chicago in 2019 
Newly rebranded Air Italy has announced new routes to Toronto and Chicago, bringing to six the number of North American destinations the carrier will fly to from Milan Malpensa Airport.
IATA: Local issues in Latin America hinder air travel growth 
The Latin America-Caribbean region is clearly seeing growth but is hamstrung by insufficient infrastructure and air traffic management, excessive costs and taxation.
IATA forecasts 5% increase in global cargo revenue in 2019 
IATA is signaling that global cargo revenue is forecast to rise more than 5% year-over-year to $116 billion in 2019, driven in part by a continued robust (albeit slower) global economic outlook as well as the recent substantial fall in oil prices.
IATA: Cancellation of Mexico airport construction to cost over $5 billion 
The decision by Mexico’s newly installed government—led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador—to cancel further construction of its new international airport will cost over MXP100 billion ($5 billion), according to estimates cited by IATA.
Avianca Brazil files for bankruptcy; judge halts aircraft repossession 
Avianca Brazil reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection Dec. 11, stemming from a potential repossession of 21% of its fleet by the aircrafts’ lessor.
Delta opens Atlanta biometric terminal 
Curb-to-gate biometric facial recognition at Delta Air Lines’ Terminal F at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) became fully operational Nov. 29.
Avianca, Copa, United seek joint agreement approval 
Latin American carriers Avianca Holdings and Copa Airlines have reached an agreement with Chicago-based United Airlines on a proposed joint business agreement (JBA) plan.
Airbus reports orders for 85 commercial aircraft in October 
Airbus commercial aircraft orders made a significant rebound in October as the Toulouse-based manufacturer reported firm bookings for 85 aircraft, valued at around $13.4 billion.
Norwegian Air Argentina debuts country’s first Wi-Fi 
Norwegian Air Argentina rolled out complimentary Wi-Fi on domestic flights Nov. 16, making it the first carrier in the country to do so.
American Airlines A321
Chilean court approves American Airlines-LATAM JBA 
The Chilean Court of Free Competition (TDLC) has approved the joint business agreement (JBA) between Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Santiago, Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group Oct. 31.
ALTA CEO panel discussion
ALTA: Latin American airline CEOs warn of difficult 2019 
The CEOs of Avianca, Copa Airlines and LATAM Airlines responded to a barrage of issues as the 2018 ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Panama City ended.
Avianca CEO: Every single Latin American airport at ‘maximum capacity’ 
Latin American and Caribbean airline leaders meeting at the annual ALTA forum in Panama City Oct. 29 emphasized a coordinated and vigorous approach to digital modernization, decreased regulation and infrastructure improvements as vital to meeting the demands of a forecast doubling of air traffic in the region in 10 years.
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