Aaron Karp

Can U.S. Airlines Continue Strong Performance? 
U.S. airlines have been performing strongly of late, but can they sustain high levels of growth in 2018, when faced with rising fuel and labor costs?
Embraer Believes 'SC' Will Keep E175 Sales Flowing In U.S. 
A scope-clause restriction complicates Embraer’s sales effort on the current E175, but the 70-seat version allows the same number of premium seats.
Delta Airbus A319
Delta Air Lines And WestJet Move To Form JV 

U.S.-based Delta Air Lines and Canada’s WestJet Airlines have signed a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture (JV) that will include coordinated schedules and pricing on U.S.-Canada trans-border flights.

American, APA Disagree On Holiday Flight Numbers  1
American Airlines indicated it is well on its way to resolving the pilot-staffing situation related to holiday season flights, saying it is down to just “a few hundred” unassigned flights.
Canada Certifies ATR 72-500 

The regulatory clearance gives ATR access to the Canadian market in the 68–78-seat turboprop sector, which is currently dominated by Montreal-based Bombardier’s Q400.

Rendering of SkyCourier 408 in FedEx livery.
New Cessna Turboprop Launching With FedEx  1
FedEx’s airline arm FedEx Express has placed a firm order for 50 SkyCourier 408s plus 50 options. Textron, which will produce the aircraft in Wichita, plans to begin deliveries to FedEx in 2020.
Darwin Begins Insolvency Proceedings 
Despite a “promising” start to the restructuring process, Darwin “has encountered several unfavorable market impacts” that led to the decision to enter insolvency proceedings similar to U.S. Chapter 11 protection, according to a Darwin statement Nov. 27.
Delta Air Lines Adding Lie-Flats To Five Routes 
Delta Air Lines will offer more lie-flat business-class seating in 2018 as customer service on U.S. domestic long-haul flights continues to become more competitive.
DOT Approves Delta-Korean JV 
This is believed to be the first time airlines have sought such an arrangement in South Korea.
Atlas Pilots Blame Mismanaged Growth For Carrier’s Problems 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings faces “intensifying operational and staffing crises” resulting from “mismanagement”—not because of a pilot work slowdown—the union representing the cargo operator’s pilots said.
Atlas Air Results Hurt By Alleged Pilot Work Slowdown  1
“We have an issue with our union,” the CEO told analysts and reporters.
Analogic Wins TSA Contract To Enhance Airport Machines 
TSA has awarded Analogic a $4 million contract to enable the company to further develop its ConneCT airport checkpoint screening machines.
Alaska, Virgin America Pilots Get Pay Hikes Under New Pact 
Alaska Airlines and Virgin America pilots began working under a new, joint labor contract Nov. 1, following binding arbitration that brought settlement of pay and benefits issues.
ICAO Considers Checked-Baggage Laptop Ban 
The FAA’s Fire Safety Branch reported “troubling” results from tests conducted on potential fire risks to commercial aircraft from laptops in checked baggage.
Southwest Q3 Net Profit Up, Despite Hurricanes 
Southwest Airlines weathered hurricanes and a competitive fare environment to post a 29.6% year-over-year (YOY) net profit gain in the third quarter, and it is confident about its prospects for 2018.
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