Aaron Karp

Senior Editor,
Air Transport World

Aaron Karp has been an Air Transport World senior editor since April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation for over 18 years, previously serving as editor of World Airport Week, reporter for Flight International/Air Transport Intelligence and managing editor of Air Cargo World. He has covered numerous aviation conferences and events throughout the world, including the Paris, Farnborough and Singapore air shows. He was the recipient of the 2007 Aerospace Journalist of the Year award for best maintenance submission.


Technology makes onboard personalization more possible 
Airlines have a unique advantage over every other retail business: their customers are forced to be in one place—an assigned aircraft seat—for multiple hours.
Gallery: Delta Air Lines A350-900 debut

Journalists from 18 countries came to Atlanta Oct. 16-18 to see Delta Air Lines publicly debut its first Airbus A350-900, which will enter service in late October on the Detroit-Tokyo Narita route. Delta considers the A350-900 to be its new “flagship” aircraft, replacing the iconic Boeing 747-400 that will soon be retired from the airline’s fleet.

Delta Boeing 737-900 in Atlanta. Delta is weighing an order for the 737 MAX.
Airbus, Boeing in heated competition for big Delta narrowbody order 
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline will likely make a decision within the next 6-12 months on a “significant order” for either the Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian
Delta CEO ‘mystified’ by Boeing’s CSeries stance 
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he believes the Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal will “help minimize some of the political concerns” over Delta’s CSeries order, and reiterated that Delta will not pay any tariffs on the 75 CS100s it has on firm order.
A Delta flight attendant shows A350 Delta One Suites to international journalist
Delta set to launch A350, its new ‘flagship’ aircraft, into service 
Delta Air Lines is preparing to launch a new fleet “flagship” aircraft—the Airbus A350-900, which will enter service Oct. 30 on the Detroit-Tokyo Narita route—replacing the iconic Boeing 747-400 that will soon be retired from Delta’s fleet.
Delta upgrades app to provide automatic check-in 
Delta Air Lines is offering automatic check-in for domestic passengers who have the airline’s smartphone app, a first of its kind service in the US.
US homeland security secretary nominee Kirstjen Nielsen
Former DHS chief of staff nominated to be homeland security secretary
US President Donald Trump has nominated White House deputy chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next US homeland security secretary.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8
Southwest’s Kelly does not expect major service changes for Hawaii 
Southwest Airlines plans to launch flights between the continental US and Hawaii, a move that will test the limits of Southwest’s service model given the distance of the flights.
Delta Air Lines A321
Delta acknowledges ‘unsustainable’ 3Q unit cost growth rate 
Delta Air Lines is targeting its unit cost performance as a key area where improvement is needed, acknowledging its third-quarter 4.8% year-over-year (YOY) CASM ex-fuel growth rate cannot be sustained long term.
Rendering of CS100 in Delta Air Lines’ livery
Delta CEO emphatic: ‘We will not pay’ CSeries duty 
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the Atlanta-based airline will not pay tariffs on the Bombardier CSeries and acknowledged the brewing trade dispute between the US and Canada over the aircraft may delay its delivery to Delta.
Horizon Air pilots blast Alaska management over service cuts
Pilots at Horizon Air, the Portland, Oregon-based regional subsidiary of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, have publicly blamed Alaska management for service cuts and aircraft deferrals.
Rendering of E175-E2
Manufacturers do not expect E175-E2, MRJ90 scope relief anytime soon 
Embraer and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. are conceding that the E175-E2 and MRJ90, respectively, will be unable to operate in the US market at service entry because both aircraft will be too heavy to meet scope clause requirements in US major airlines’ pilot labor contracts.
Rendering of A321neo in Cathay Dragon livery
Cathay chooses LEAP-1A for A321neos
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group has chosen the CFM International LEAP-1A engine to power the fleet of 32 Airbus A321neos it has on order.
Southwest Airlines 737 MAX 8
Southwest places nine 737 MAX 8s into service
Southwest Airlines launched the Boeing 737 MAX 8 into revenue service on its network Oct. 1, flying from Dallas Love Field to Houston Hobby Airport for its first official flight with the CFM International LEAP-1B-powered aircraft.
Embraer E175 in Delta Connection livery
SkyWest’s second E175SC order gives aircraft foothold in US market 
SkyWest Inc. has placed a firm order for 20 Embraer E175s, including 15 in the “Special Configuration” (SC) model aimed at allowing US major airlines to contract capacity on 70-seat jets without sacrificing premium seats.