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Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World
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.
JetBlue Airbus A321
JetBlue posts $50 million 3Q profit as fares, ancillary revenues rise 
New York-based LCC JetBlue Airways, reacting to a 37% year-over-year (YOY) increase in fuel prices, doubled down on its plan to “improve our earnings, particularly in the areas we can control,” CEO Robin Hayes said in a third-quarter earnings call Oct. 23.
Interview: Volaris CEO steers LCC through competition and politics 
Ultra-LCC Volaris expects to operate a fleet of 82 Airbus A320ceo/A321neo-family aircraft next year. It now operates out of Costa Rica as well as Mexico. But it has also had to adapt to the changing US-Mexico political environment.
South American carriers fare better despite ongoing challenges 
The need for unified regulatory approaches, to build needed infrastructure and to ensure efficient airport administration has brought players together.
Aeromexico Boeing 737 MAX
Aeromexico posts 3Q net loss on currency depreciation, high fuel prices 
Aeromexico reported a MXP617 million ($32.9 million) net loss for the third quarter of 2018, reversed from a MXP344 million net profit in the year-ago quarter.
Boeing delivers 86 commercial aircraft in September 
Boeing’s output continued to rebound from the summer as 86 commercial aircraft were delivered in September to 31 airlines and eight lessors—up from 60 deliveries in August and 40 in July—achieving an output pace of 2.9 aircraft per day.
Airbus delivers 67 commercial aircraft in September 
Airbus delivered 67 commercial aircraft to 25 airlines and 13 lessors in September, about 2.2 aircraft per day, up 29% from August, and nearly returning the Toulouse-based manufacturer to its prolific 2.7 aircraft-per-day output of June and July.
United Express regional CommutAir launches Montreal service 
United Express regional carrier CommutAir launched its first international routes Oct. 4 with flights from New York/Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Washington Dulles International (IAD) to Montreal’s Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International (YUL).
FAA funds noise mitigation for Fort Lauderdale, LAX airport neighbors 
With an additional $586 million in US airport infrastructure grants, FAA’s fifth round of airport improvement program (AIP) awards brought the total announced year to date to $3.3 billion, just shy of the $3.35 billion allotted for the program in fiscal year 2018 federal funding.
ExpressJet pilots ratify contract, look to United to provide new E175s 
ExpressJet Airlines pilots have ratified a new three-year contract, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)—which represents ExpressJet’s 1,100 pilots—said Sept. 27.
JAL Boeing 787-8
JAL adds Seattle as sixth North American west coast route 
Japan Airlines (JAL) is planning to launch flights between Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) from March 31, 2019, making Sea-Tac JAL’s sixth North American west coast destination.
Emirates scraps proposed fifth freedom Dubai-Spain-Mexico City route 
Emirates Airline has withdrawn its application to operate flights from Dubai to Mexico City via an intermediate stop in Spain, after Mexican authorities granted three flights a week versus the daily schedule sought by the Dubai-based carrier.
Argentina commercial air traffic halted by one-day general strike 
A nationwide strike action will shut down much of Argentina’s air travel capabilities Sept. 25, as aviation-sector employees are expected to join the country’s public transportation and port workers in a full-day protest called by Argentina’s major labor unions.
SpiceJet Q400
India’s SpiceJet takes Bombardier’s first 90-seat Q400 
Indian LCC SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first 90-seat version of Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop, the manufacturer said Sept. 21.
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