Ben Goldstein

Ben
Goldstein
Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network

Ben Goldstein covers the the politics of the US airline industry. Prior to joining Aviation Week Network in Spring 2018, he worked in writing/communications roles at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General. He graduated with a master's degree in political communication from American University in 2017. 

Articles

Higher jet fuel prices expected to pressure airlines in 4Q
A surge in the price of jet fuel after weekend attacks at several Saudi Arabian oil facilities appears likely to pressure airlines’ margins in the 2019 fourth-quarter and beyond, analysts said.
Boeing South Carolina facility
US labor board rules in Boeing’s favor in South Carolina union dispute
The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has overturned a previous decision allowing a unit of 178 mechanics and inspectors at Boeing’s South Carolina plant to unionize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
Frontier Airlines A320neo
Study: A320neo makes Frontier most fuel-efficient US carrier 
Frontier Airlines was the most fuel-efficient US carrier in 2017-2018, boosted by large investments in Airbus A320neo aircraft, according to a study released Sept. 12 by the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT).
Spirit Airlines A319
Lawsuit against Spirit for bag fees returns to appeals court
A US federal appeals court has revived a class action lawsuit against Florida-based Spirit Airlines that alleges the ultra-LCC deliberately misled passengers about whether carry-on items were included within the price of airfare.
LATAM’s new CEO Roberto Alvo
LATAM CEO Enrique Cueto to step down in March 2020
Chile’s LATAM Airlines Group has announced longtime CEO Enrique Cueto will step down March 31, 2020, to be replaced by current chief commercial officer (CCO) Roberto Alvo.
US senators call out Boeing for lack of transparency over MAX review 
Two US lawmakers are calling on Boeing to display “full transparency and cooperation” with regulators reviewing changes to the 737 MAX amid reports that regulators have grown frustrated with a lack of information from the manufacturer.
Spirit debuts new seats with more legroom; calls pitch ‘outdated metric’
Spirit Airlines has unveiled newly designed seats to maximize usable legroom, as the Florida-based carrier believes passenger comfort can be improved without rethinking the ultra-LCC’s 28-inch seat pitch.
Mesa Airlines agrees to buy 100 Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 aircraft
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group signed an MOU with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. (MITAC) Sept. 5 to enter negotiations to buy 100 SpaceJet M100 aircraft.
IATA CEO: ‘Fragmentation’ between global regulators a concern 
IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said “preventing fragmentation” between international regulators remains the group’s foremost concern regarding the return-to-service of the Boeing 737 MAX.
DOT urged to investigate restrictions on fare display sites
Five Democratic US Senators are urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to examine the “potentially anti-competitive” restrictions some carriers place on third-party price comparison websites.
DOT asked to review Delta-Aeroméxico JV
Delta Air Lines pilots are urging the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to review the Delta-Aeroméxico transborder joint venture (JV), saying the increased US job and career opportunities promised by the alliance have failed to materialize.
Environmental groups protest FAA supersonic aviation plan 
A coalition of 28 environmental and public-health groups is protesting FAA’s push to provide regulatory relief for the civil supersonic aircraft industry.
Analysts predict continued revenue growth for US airlines in 2020 
US carriers should see continued top line revenue growth in 2020, driven by higher capacity from the re-entry of the Boeing 737 MAX, analysts at Cowen and Co. project.
Aerion, Boom urge DOT to revise proposed supersonic standards
The leading US developers of supersonic aircraft called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) Aug. 27 to modify its proposed rule on supersonic flight authorizations, arguing the proposal’s wording amounts to an effective prohibition on all supersonic flight.
EU, US resolve dispute over wet-lease services
The European Union (EU) has agreed to remove restrictions on foreign carriers seeking to wet lease to EU-based airlines as part of an agreement signed between the US, EU, Iceland and Norway Aug. 27 in Brussels.
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