Aaron Karp

Editor in Chief,
Aviation Daily

Aaron Karp is the Editor in Chief of Aviation Daily, a sister publication of Air Transport World. He joined Air Transport World as a senior editor in April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation since May 1999.


Thai Lion Air Boeing 737-9
Thai Lion Air takes first Boeing 737-9
Thai Lion Air took delivery of the first Boeing 737-9, setting the stage for the service entry of the second variant of the 737 MAX.
WestJet CEO steps down in surprise leadership change
WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, made a surprise CEO change, announcing March 8 that Gregg Saretsky was stepping down “effective immediately” after eight years leading the company.
DOT official urges removal of ‘onerous regulatory burdens’
Praising US airlines for product innovation, strong balance sheets and wise capacity discipline, a top US Department of Transportation (DOT) official said the government is inclined to stay out of the industry’s way and let the market play out.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800
Southwest CEO continues to reject baggage fees 
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, who has long resisted calls from some Wall Street analysts to charge fees for checked bags, voiced his most adamant rejection yet of baggage fees, completely ruling them out.
Heilbron: Copa Airlines ‘very, very interested’ in Boeing’s NMA 
Panama-based Copa Airlines is “very, very interested” in learning more about Boeing’s proposed new mid-market aircraft (NMA), which looks to be ideal for the carrier’s operations, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron said.
Wingo Boeing 737-700
Copa ULCC Wingo reduces Colombian losses 
Wingo, the Colombia-based ultra-LCC affiliate of Panama’s Copa Airlines that launched in late 2016, has “surpassed all expectations,” although it has not yet become profitable, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron said.
Embraer wins E190-E2 certification; First delivery to Widerøe set for April
The Embraer E190-E2, the first aircraft in the Brazilian manufacturer’s E-Jet E2 program, has received its type certificate from Brazilian regulator ANAC, the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for first delivery to Norwegian regional airline Widerøe.
Shuster will not pursue ATC spinoff proposal 
The leading advocate in the US Congress for spinning off air traffic control (ATC) from the FAA has conceded the idea lacks sufficient support on Capitol Hill and therefore will not be pursued in upcoming FAA reauthorization legislation.
Biometric facial recognition boarding changing airport experience
The biometric facial recognition trial at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) has proven so successful and popular that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is actively exploring how widely facial recognition can be used at airports, a senior CBP official said.
Airlines should give real-time operational data, NY Airports director says
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) aviation director Huntley Lawrence called on airlines to provide detailed, real-time operational data to the entity managing New York JFK, New York LaGuardia and Newark airports.
Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Bombardier expects to begin delivering CSeries aircraft to Delta Air Lines this year, saying there is no longer any impediment to delivering CS100s straight from its Mirabel, Canada, final assembly line to the Atlanta-based airline.
Boeing 737 MAX 9, second MAX variant, certified by FAA
The Boeing 737 MAX 9 has gained FAA certification, clearing the way for the second variant in the MAX family to enter commercial service.
Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines for A320neo aircraft 
Airbus decided to stop accepting additional Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines equipping its A320neo family aircraft, after a higher than normal number of inflight shutdowns and aborted takeoffs were reported on aircraft using the latest build-standard engines.
An Airbus A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines
EASA issues GTF-powered A320neo emergency airworthiness directive 
Airbus said it is “assessing the situation” after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) warning of a potential “dual engine” inflight shutdown on A320neo family aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines.
Trump budget could provide US ATC reform insight 
The Feb. 12 release of the Trump administration’s federal budget proposal for the US government’s 2019 fiscal year (FY19), which starts Oct. 1, 2018, will provide insight into how much of a priority spinning off US air traffic control (ATC) from FAA still is for President Donald Trump.