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. 


Allegiant Air A320 in new livery
Allegiant, pilots settle lawsuit after US judge bars strike action 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co. has settled a lawsuit with the Teamsters union representing its pilots over changes to the carrier’s crew-scheduling system.
Air Asia X A330-300
FAA lowers Malaysian regulator’s safety rating to Category 2 
FAA has downgraded the air safety rating of Malaysia’s civil aviation regulator after determining it does not comply with ICAO safety standards.
Embraer restructures leadership positions 
Embraer’s board of directors has elected Antonio Carlos Garcia to be its new finance chief, replacing outgoing CFO Nelson Salgado, who will take over the Brazilian manufacturer’s chief operating role on Jan. 1, 2020.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900
Alaska Airlines separates president and COO role
Alaska Air Group has announced a series of leadership changes, splitting the president and COO role at Alaska Airlines and naming a new president to the group’s regional subsidiary Horizon Air.
US-China relations harming air travel: Air China VP
A senior Air China executive lamented declining air passenger numbers between the US and China and a lack of progress in addressing bilateral civil aviation issues.
DHS studies developing airport passenger self-screening lanes
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested industry feedback about the feasibility of developing passenger self-screening stations at US airports.
American, Qantas US-Australia JV takes effect 
American Airlines and Qantas have implemented their joint venture (JV) between the US, Australasia and New Zealand, the companies announced in a Nov. 1 filing with the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
US lawmakers: Boeing testimony raises ‘new questions’ on MAX development 
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s testimony last week before a US House panel raised “a litany of new questions” about the development of the 737 MAX, two top committee members said in a letter to House lawmakers.
US senators object to new US-Cuba flight restrictions
A group of 11 Democratic senators is urging the Trump administration to reverse new restrictions that ban US commercial flights to all Cuban destinations except Havana.
SkyWest 3Q net income up by 10%; fleet initiatives underway 
Utah-based SkyWest Airlines grew its third-quarter net income by 10%, as the US regional carrier continued to benefit from its ongoing fleet initiatives and a more efficient footprint following the sale of ExpressJet Airlines in January.
US Senate advances $17.7 billion FAA funding bill for FY2020 
The US Senate has passed a transportation funding bill for fiscal year 2020, although doubts remain about whether Congress can complete the appropriations process before a Nov. 21 deadline to fund the federal government.
Atlas Air 3Q net income drops 18% on labor dispute, trade tensions
Atlas Air’s net income fell 18% in the third quarter, as global trade tensions and an ongoing dispute over a new pilot contract continued to weigh on the cargo carrier’s bottom line.
Trans States cancels order for up to 100 SpaceJet aircraft
Trans States Holdings has canceled an order for up to 100 Mitsubishi SpaceJet aircraft, in the latest setback facing the Japanese manufacturer’s long-delayed regional jet program.
Boeing chief engineer John Hamilton (left) and CEO Dennis Muilenburg (right)
Boeing engineer raised MCAS concerns in 2015 
A Boeing engineer raised concerns about the reliance of a critical 737 MAX flight-control system on a single point of failure as early as December 2015, internal documents shared during a US House committee hearing show.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg (right) and chief engineer John Hamilton (left)
Muilenburg defends Boeing’s handling of 737 MAX text messages 
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg defended the company’s handling of recently disclosed text messages and email exchanges between employees involved in the development of the 737 MAX, telling members of a US Senate Committee, “The premise that we would lie and conceal is not consistent with our values.”
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