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.

Articles
Low Fuel Costs Boost Older Airframes’ Fortunes, Not Threatening Backlogs 

The sharp decline and expected short-term stability in jet fuel prices have prompted carriers to re-examine the use of less fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy near-term demand, but the trend is not triggering shifts in long-term fleet planning.

While carriers like Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have long leveraged the used-aircraft market to add capacity while minimizing capital costs, the trend is showing signs of expanding. A 25% drop in jet fuel prices since mid-summer—to about $100 per barrel, a four-year low—may explain why.

Low Fuel Costs Boost Older Airframes’ Fortunes, Not Threatening Backlogs 
While carriers like Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have long leveraged the used-aircraft market to add capacity while minimizing capital costs, the trend is showing signs of expanding.
Certification In Hand, Taxibot Set For In-Service Trials 
EASA granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) clearing the way for 737s to be towed by the Taxibot.
U.S. Airline Strategies Leave Room For Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers 

Major U.S. airline strategies such as strict capacity discipline and growth through upgauging rather than adding aircraft or flights continues to create opportunities for ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs).

“Airports are generally thirsty for more volume right now,” Spirit Airlines president and CEO Ben Baldanza said. “There are obviously some exceptions of airports that are still facility-constrained, but most airports . . . have a lot of space in them.”

CASA Names Skidmore To Lead Agency 

Mark Skidmore, a former head of Australia’s Royal Air Force and test pilot for Raytheon, has been tapped to lead the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as its new director of Aviation Safety. The appointment, which is for a five-year term, comes as CASA is working to respond to the Australian government’s independent review of the country’s civil aviation regulations.

Biggest U.S. Airlines Are Profitable—And Reluctant To Add Capacity 1
The nine largest publicly traded U.S. carriers made money in the quarter ended Sept. 30, with several reporting record or near-record earnings thanks to full cabins and lower fuel prices. But the industry is still largely very cautious about adding capacity to capitalize on the improved environment, even as lower fuel prices make once marginal routes more profitable. “We can’t count on $80 [per barrel] crude prices going forward,” warns Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly.
CFM56 Aftermarket Boom Is Imminent
MRO shops, OEMs see growing market for CFM56 maintenance
EASA Certification Figures Down Slightly In 2013 
EASA’s home turf is rife with aerospace manufacturers and service providers so certifications are always in high demand, although there was a bit of downtick last year
FAA Eyeing Repair Station Rule Modification 
What’s in word? Plenty if the word is “serious.” The FAA and various repair & overhaul associations square off about reinstating it as part of the regs
U.S. Airline Strategies Leave Room For Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers 
“Airports are generally thirsty for more volume right now,” Spirit Airlines president and CEO Ben Baldanza said.
Underwater Mapping Done, MH370 Search Set To Intensify 

The coming days will see an acceleration to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), as a third vessel will transition from survey work to scouring the vast section of seafloor already mapped and surveyed, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said. 

Underwater Mapping Done, MH370 Search Set To Intensify
The underwater search—which ATSB emphasizes is the latest phase in an effort that hasn’t ceased since the aircraft disappeared on March 8—is divided into two stages.
JetBlue Could Detail Ancillary Fee Strategy In Coming Weeks 

The top spot at JetBlue Airways doesn’t change hands for several months, but at least one analyst believes some key strategic changes at the carrier could be unveiled in a matter of weeks.

Robin Hayes, currently JetBlue’s president, will assume the role of CEO on Feb. 16, 2015, replacing Dave Barger, who will leave at the end of his contract (Aviation DAILY, Sept. 22). But analysts at CRT Capital are eyeing the carrier’s Nov. 19 Investor Day as a likely time for a few highly anticipated changes to be unveiled.

 
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