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.

WestJet Maps Out Premium-Economy Upgrades 
WestJet’s premium-economy trial has paid off, convincing the carrier to launch a fleet-wide retrofit that will see new, larger two-by-two seats replacing the current three-by-three test configuration that uses a blocked middle seat.
Big U.S. Airlines Seek Long-term Profitability  1
Used aircraft and smarter scheduling are among the more novel tactics being tried by U.S. airlines.
Report: U.S., UAE Reach Transparency Agreement 
The U.S. and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to announce a deal that addresses longstanding concerns over alleged subsidies for Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, as well as fifth-freedom flying.
WestJet Pilots Authorize Strike As Talks Continue 
Pilots at WestJet, taking a major step closer to a costly showdown with the airline’s management, overwhelmingly approved a strike if the two sides fail to agree on a new contract during the last-ditch conciliation process currently underway.
Boeing 787s To Set New Standard For Growing WestJet 
WestJet’s first business-class cabins, the signature feature of its new Boeing 787-9s, will help the carrier revamp its onboard experience throughout its network—part of its strategy to move further away from its low-cost regional carrier roots and become “a global network airline,” said Ed Sims, the carrier’s president and CEO.
WestJet, Hit By Rising Costs, Sees Quarterly Net Profit Fall 20% 
Rising fuel costs combined with a planned ramp up in capital expenditures put dents in most of WestJet’s key first-quarter income metrics, and the carrier is responding by fast-tracking a cost-reduction initiative.
Domestic Network Adjustments Benefiting Aeromexico 
Aeromexico’s capacity adjustments to offset weakness in its home market appear to be paying off, as the carrier boosted domestic RPKs and load factor in April, even as it continued to trim capacity.
Bombardier Sells Downsview, Posts BizJet Delivery Growth 
Bombardier recorded an increase in first-quarter revenue, business-jet deliveries and aftermarket services for its business aircraft division as it announced the sale of its Downsview aircraft assembly operation.
Canada’s Chorus Boosts Earnings, Eyes Leasing-Arm Growth 
Chorus Aviation boosted year-over-year (YOY) first-quarter adjusted earnings 43% and operating revenue 9% on the strength of its growing aircraft leasing business.
CFM56 Probe Targets Blade Fatigue Cracks And Damage Pattern  3
Fleet-wide fan blade inspections have not uncovered widespread problems, but links with a 2016 accident emerge.
Podcast: What’s the Holdup on Air Traffic Modernization? 1
Aviation Week Network editors discuss what needs to be done to move forward and why business aviation isn’t more enthusiastic.
Bombardier Selling Q400 Facilities 
News of a weak first-quarter performance by Bombardier’s Commercial Aircraft unit was offset somewhat by the cash-generating sale of its Downsview aircraft assembly operation, a new CRJ order and optimism that the C Series program tie-up with Airbus will close within weeks.
Canadian Carriers’ Growth To Level Off, Forecast Says 
Rising fuel prices and a strengthening local dollar will disrupt the Canadian airline industry’s recent growth trend, but the prevailing momentum will keep the sector performing above domestic industrial peers through 2022, the Conference Board of Canada (CBC) projected.
FAA Expands CFM56 Checks To Newer Blades  1
FAA, following CFM International’s latest recommendations, has mandated inspections for the CFM56-7B fan blade population not covered by the agency’s April 20 emergency airworthiness directive (AD).
Air Canada Eyes Cost Savings Through Fleet Changes 
Air Canada delivered record revenue and lower-than-anticipated cost increases in the first quarter, and is tapping additional cost-savings initiatives to help offset rising fuel prices as it aims to hit its goal of C$250 million ($195 million) in annual expense reductions by 2020.
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