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.

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Eyeing Fleet-Renewal Laggards, Lessors Boost Backlogs 

While massive backlogs at some aspiring carriers help fuel talk of a potential order bubble, the number of established airlines yet to line up replacements for older aircraft have lessors bullish on long-term prospects—and their order books show it.

FAA Scales Back New Repair Station Rule 

FAA has scaled back its latest revamp of the repair station regulations, eliminating a proposed new ratings system and several other significant changes that drew fire from industry following the draft rule’s release.

Higher-Density Cabins, Rouge Expansion Driving Air Canada Cost Reductions 

Shrinking yields and traffic that out-paces capacity growth aren’t necessarily positive trends for airlines, but at Air Canada, they are indications that the company’s drive to sustained profitability is progressing.

Eyeing Fleet-Renewal Laggards, Lessors Boost Backlogs 
Air Lease Corp. lined up 85 Airbus aircraft last month—60 A321neos and a launch order for 25 A330neos—boosting its Airbus order backlog to 225.
Higher-Density Cabins, Rouge Expansion Driving Air Canada Cost Reductions 
The carrier’s second-quarter metrics include a swing-to-profit, a 2.1% year-over-year decline in yield and 9.9% revenue passenger mile (RPM) growth on an 8.5% bump in available seat miles (ASMs)—figures that Air Canada executives say reflect a shift to more leisure flying by its Rouge subsidiary and better-than-expected acceptance by passengers.
FAA Scales Back New Repair Station Rule
Eliminates a proposed new ratings system and several other significant changes that drew fire from industry following the draft rule’s release.
EASA Won’t Pursue Engine Ash Certification Rules 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) decision comes based on input from more than 100 industry representatives who responded to a February 2013 proposal asking for input on whether rules were needed.
Lawmakers Want Details On FAA ATC ‘Right-Sizing’ 

A bipartisan group of 168 congressmen has asked FAA to provide details on what the lawmakers call the agency’s “vague” plans to “right-size” the National Airspace System and explain how the effort might affect the Contract Tower Program (CTP).

In a pair of identical July 31 letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, 54 senators and 114 House of Representatives members expressed concern that two FAA initiatives—the big-picture, right-sizing effort and a more focused working group—could threaten CTP.

Virgin America Filing Reveals Carrier’s Reliance On Few Markets 
While the July 28 S-1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission breaks little news about Virgin America’s strategy, it reveals how deeply entrenched the carrier is at San Francisco International (SFO) and Los Angeles International (LAX) airports, while touching on the perils that strategy presents.
Lawmakers Want Details On FAA ATC ‘Right-Sizing’ 
In a pair of identical July 31 letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, 54 senators and 114 House of Representatives members expressed concern that two FAA initiatives—the big-picture, right-sizing effort and a more focused working group—could threaten CTP.
Competition Among Factors Stunting Lufthansa Technik’s Growth 

More intense competition and careful airline aftermarket spending helped Lufthansa Technik’s year-over-year sales fall in the second quarter, breaking a one-year streak of quarterly growth. 

“Disproportionate growth in MRO capacities and airlines’ persistently tight financial situations are leading to consistently high pricing pressure in the MRO business,” LHT explained in analyzing its second-quarter results. “Moreover, the market stays affected by consolidation activities of both customers and competitors.” 

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