Sean Broderick

Sean Broderick
Managing Editor, MRO,
Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Sean Broderick's aviation career started in 1991, working for Airbus in Toulouse. His industry experience includes four years with an aviation consultancy, where he worked on the successful launch of a U.S. Part 121 carrier; 12 years with an airport association as a magazine editor and communications executive; and more than 15 years of full- and part-time work as a journalist for Aviation Week writing primarily about maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) and safety. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Communications ('91) and earned an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications ('13) from West Virginia University.

American Agrees To Settle In Capacity-Collusion Case 
American Airlines has offered to pay $45 million to end its role in a long-running class-action lawsuit against several carriers, making the move to avoid what it feared could be costly litigation—not an admission of guilt.
Flair’s Expansion Ramps Up Canadian ULCC Competition 
Canadian ULCC Flair Airlines on June 15 launched flights from three new airports—Calgary International (YYC), Halifax Stanfield and Victoria International—stretching its all-domestic network coast to coast, and setting up more direct competition with other carriers.
Vancouver Breaks Ground On Terminal Expansion 
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has started the next phase of a multi-year capital improvement program that includes a much-needed expansion of its Pier D international terminal.
Spirit Airlines Plans Major Orlando Expansion 
Spirit Airlines, continuing its strategy to focus on core large U.S. markets and leisure markets, plans to have 14 new destinations out of its Orlando International Airport (MCO) focus city this fall, including 11 new markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, the carrier said June 14.
IATA: International Premium Traffic, Fares Hold Steady 
The share of traffic and revenue coming from international premium passengers held steady in the first quarter compared to year-earlier figures despite apparent sluggishness in the key North Atlantic and Europe-Asia markets, IATA said.
New ULCC Canada Jetlines Eyes 2019 Launch 
Aspiring ultra-LCC Canada Jetlines firmed up its deal to lease two 12-year-old Airbus A320s from AerCap and plans to use them to launch operations, likely in early 2019.
U.S. Cargo Advance Screening Program Becomes Mandatory 
The U.S. Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program became mandatory as scheduled June 12, requiring airlines flying to the U.S. to provide advanced information of cargo shipments to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Aircraft Returning From Storage Reaches Four-Year High 
Aircraft returning from storage in April reached a four-year high, IATA figures showed, suggesting operators are scrambling to support sustained demand for lift and perhaps offset the effects of delivery delays and in-service issues on several key aircraft programs.
WestJet ULCC Subsidiary Swoop Gains AOC 
Swoop, WestJet’s new ultra-LCC offshoot, has been granted its Transport Canada (TC) air operator’s certificate (AOC), clearing the way for inaugural flights June 20.
Analysts: Major U.S. Capacity Adjustments Needed 
Recent news from Southwest Airlines that it is scaling back planned growth through year-end will help keep domestic capacity in check as costs rise, but similar moves will be needed by peers to cement what analysts believe is a necessary market correction.
Rolls-Royce-Powered Boeing 787 Engine Inspections To Widen  1
A pending regulatory mandate will give Boeing 787 operators flying so-called “Package B” versions of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines 30 days to inspect intermediate pressure compressor (IPC) blades for cracks, setting the stage for perhaps more 787 groundings.
Arbitrator Sets Swoop Pilot Representation Parameters 
An arbitrator's binding interim order has paved the way for WestJet's ULCC Swoop to launch later this month with pilots recruited from outside the company, but the Air Line Pilots Association will become the pilots' representative by September.
Air Canada, Air China Finalize Joint Venture 
Air Canada and Air China signed their long-expected joint venture (JV) agreement, setting up a partnership poised to capitalize on the growing market between their two countries.
Rolls-Royce Accelerating Boeing 787 Engine Fix 
Reducing flight restrictions that hamper long-haul flying on Trent 1000-powered aircraft remains possible.
Southwest Adds Service At Love Field, LaGuardia, DCA 
Southwest Airlines will expand services at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) hub, as well as both New York LaGuardia (LGA) and RWashington National (DCA) airports in the East and both Denver International (DEN) and San Jose International (SJC) airports out west, including several new nonstop routes, as part of a spate of service changes set for this winter.
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