Aaron Karp

Aaron
Karp

Aaron Karp is the Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Daily. He joined Air Transport World, a sister publication of Aviation Daily, as a senior editor in April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation since May 1999.

Articles
United CFO Levy Abruptly Resigns 
United Airlines CFO Andrew Levy has resigned, effective immediately, and the Chicago-based airline said it has started a search for a replacement.
ULCC Spirit Inks Deal With Thales For Fleet-Wide Wi-Fi 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines will equip its entire fleet with inflight Wi-Fi capability by mid-2019 as part of an ongoing effort to revamp its image and improve the value proposition of its product.
Copa First-Quarter Profit Up 35% As Demand Overcomes Fuel Prices 
Panama-based Copa Holdings reported a first-quarter 2018 net profit of $136.5 million, up 35.1% over net income of $101 million in the 2017 March quarter, as strong demand overcame rising fuel prices.
Southwest To Fly To Hawaii From Four California Cities 
Southwest Airlines revealed the four continental U.S. cities from which it plans to operate flights to Hawaii as it moves closer to selling tickets for the service.
American Splits Regional Jet Order Between Bombardier, Embraer 
American Airlines has split an order for 30 76-seat regional jets between Bombardier and Embraer, signing deals to buy 15 CRJ900s and 15 E175s. The Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier has also taken 15 options of each type.
House Passes Bill To Authorize FAA Into 2023 
The U.S. Congress took a major step toward bringing an end to more than three years of contentious debate over FAA reauthorization with the House voting overwhelming to pass legislation that would authorize the agency through Sept. 30, 2023.
House Passes Bill To Authorize FAA Into 2023 
The U.S. Congress took a major step toward bringing an end to more than three years of contentious debate over FAA reauthorization with the House voting overwhelmingly to pass legislation that would authorize the agency through Sept. 30, 2023.
Southwest Exercises 40 Boeing 737 MAX Options; Posts 1Q Profit Gain 
Southwest Airlines has exercised 40 Boeing 737-8 options, bringing its total 737 MAX firm orders to 280 aircraft, and plans to retire 40 737-700s as it takes delivery of the additional 737-8s from 2019-2022.
Southwest Stops Advertising After Engine Failure, Takes Revenue Hit 
Southwest Airlines executives said they do not believe it is yet appropriate to resume television advertising in the aftermath of the April 17 Boeing 737-700 engine failure that resulted in a passenger fatality, conceding this may slow the carrier’s business recovery from a noticeable softening in bookings following the incident.
Soaring Fuel Costs Sink American’s Earnings 
American Airlines reported a 45.2% year-over-year (YOY) drop in first-quarter net income from $340 million to $186 million as soaring fuel costs overwhelmed an otherwise positive business environment for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier.
Alaska Prepares For Key Merger Milestone Amid Disappointing Earnings 
Alaska Air Group is preparing to switch over to a single passenger service system (PSS) for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America overnight from April 24 to April 25, marking one of the most significant merger integration milestones in the 16 months since Seattle-based Alaska acquired San Francisco-based Virgin America.
WestJet CEO: Swoop To Launch In June Regardless Of Pilot Talks 
Swoop, the standalone ultra-LCC subsidiary of Canada’s WestJet, has adequate pilot staffing to launch operations as scheduled in June even if WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) fail to reach an agreement on a labor contract covering WestJet’s pilots, WestJet CEO Ed Sims said.
United Concedes Customer Service Needs To Improve 
United Airlines executives believe they have solved the operational performance problems that plagued the Chicago-based carrier in recent years, but concede that in the aftermath of several high-profile customer-service mishaps, strong operational performance is not enough.
Kirby: United Sticking To Growth Plans Despite Wall Street Criticism 
ORLANDO—United Airlines president Scott Kirby conceded the “ruckus” on Wall Street over the airline’s aggressive growth plan has not subsided, but said individual investors believe the carrier’s strategy is sound and reiterated that United plans to stay the course.
UPS Seeks Used 767 Passenger Aircraft For Freighter Conversions 
United Parcel Service (UPS), in need of more capacity, is in the process of converting three used Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft into freighters and is interested in additional 767 conversions.
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