Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network


Frontier, pilots reach agreement on new contract
Frontier Airlines and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), reached an agreement in principle on a new contract after more than two and a half years of negotiations.
US senator urges FAA to move on aircraft seat sizes 
US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has called on FAA to take action to set minimum dimensions for US airlines, saying the agency is moving too slowly and “not implementing the law.”
FBI: Stolen Horizon Q400 at Sea-Tac was crashed deliberately
The US FBI investigation of the Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 crash Aug. 10 has concluded the airline employee who stole the aircraft at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport deliberately crashed it into the ground.
Airbus: China to need 7,400 new aircraft by 2037
China will need more than 7,400 new passenger and freight aircraft over the next two decades, accounting for nearly 20% of the global demand for 37,400 new aircraft expected by 2037, according to the latest Airbus China Market Forecast.
IATA: Passenger traffic growth slowed in September
Global airline passenger traffic growth slowed to an eight-month low of 5.5% year-over-year (YOY) in September, down from 6.4% the previous month, according to IATA’s Air Passenger Market Analysis.
FAA chief urges funding reform
Acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell said he wants to see funding reform from US Congress, adding that the current practice of appropriating through continuing resolutions complicates planning and budgetary efforts at the agency.
IATA: Air freight volumes grows 2% in September on softer demand
Global air freight demand grew by 2% in September from the year-earlier period, flat from August, but less than half the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.
Flights resume between Greece and Macedonia after 12 years
The first direct commercial flight in 12 years departed Greece for Macedonia on Nov. 1, ending Europe’s last aviation blockade.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Norwegian launches nonstop service to Tampa, Florida
Norwegian has begun nonstop service to Tampa Bay, Florida from London, adding the west coast Florida city as its 15th US gateway.
IATA forecasts air travelers to double to 8.2 billion in 2037
IATA anticipates 8.2 billion air travelers will take to the skies in 2037, a doubling in passengers from 2018 levels.
Unchanged AIP funds, PFC cap disappoints US airports
US airports are disappointed Congress opted not to increase funds they receive for infrastructure construction in the FAA reauthorization bill, putting pressure on them to generate funds to shore up facilities amid record passenger demand.
Mexicans want to stop construction on $13.3 billion international airport 
Mexicans want president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to cancel construction of the $13.3 billion new Mexico International Airport (NAIM) project, according to the results of a four-day "national consultation" that concluded Oct. 28.
Alaska Air Group Boeing 737-900
Alaska 3Q net income down 19%; slows growth to offset higher costs
Alaska Air Group—parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air— experienced a drop in net income for the third quarter in a row, as the company struggled to generate enough revenues to offset higher fuel costs.
Spirit Airlines Airbus A319
Spirit 3Q net profit up 38% on network reorientation, improved yield 
Fort Lauderdale-based ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines reported a 2018 third-quarter net profit of $97.5 million, up 38% from the $60.2 million reported in the same period last year, offsetting higher costs for jet fuel and personnel.
Mexicans to decide fate of new international airport
Mexicans will vote Oct. 25 to decide the fate of the new Mexico International Airport (NAIM) project, which has come under fire from the country’s president-elect over construction costs and environmental impacts.
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