Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network


Air Italy A330-200
US lawmaker ‘highly skeptical’ of Qatar Airways’ support of Air Italy 
Rick Larsen (D-Washington), the new chairman of the of the US House Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Aviation, said he is “highly skeptical” of Qatar Airways’ financial support of Air Italy, a Milan-based carrier that is preparing to launch new routes to the US.
TSA maintains normal wait times, but shutdown worries persist
Wait times at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints leveled off on Jan. 16, but US lawmakers remain anxious that the respite will not last if the ongoing partial federal government shutdown drags on into February.
Rendering of CRJ900 in Air Canada Express livery
Jazz pilots endorse new labor contract; airline to expand fleet
Pilot leaders from Canadian regional carrier Jazz Aviation endorsed a tentative agreement for a new contract Jan. 15, on the same day Jazz’s parent company Chorus Aviation Inc. and Air Canada announced terms to extend their capacity purchase agreement (CPA) through 2035 and increase the Jazz fleet with an additional 14 Bombardier CRJ900s.
TSA staffing shortages, delays grow as shutdown continues 
Some US airports are warning of terminal closures and longer wait-times at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lanes as the US partial federal government shutdown—now the longest in history—shows no sign of ending soon.
US Sen. Ted Cruz named to key aviation post
US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will serve as chairman of the Committee’s subcommittee on Aviation and Space, US Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has announced.
US aviation industry outlines ‘real damage’ of government shutdown
Several dozen groups representing a broad swath of the US aviation on Jan. 10 issued the most comprehensive warning yet of the rising “human and economic consequences” to aviation from the ongoing partial US government shutdown, now in its 20th day.
TSA continues to dispute reports of longer security wait times
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pushed back again on Jan. 9 against reports that the ongoing partial federal government shutdown has led to increased wait-times at airports, saying that call outs and resignations have so far had a “minimal” impact on operations.
TSA union urges US Congress to end ‘unacceptable’ shutdown
The union that represents 44,000 US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers on Jan. 8 called on Congress and the White House to end the ongoing federal government shutdown, citing “extreme financial hardships” facing officers working without pay and “massive security risk” if they stop showing up to work.
TSA: Increased employee sick calls has ‘minimal impact’
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is pushing back against reports that a wave of employees calling out sick is extending screening wait times and compromising security at airports across the country.
ALPA: US government shutdown threatens aviation safety, security
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) president Joe DePete has called on US congressional leaders and President Donald Trump to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, saying the standoff “is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system.”
Close to 18,000 FAA workers furloughed in US government shutdown
Roughly 18,000 FAA employees have been furloughed as part of the partial US federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22, affecting non-essential personnel in posts ranging from airman certificate issuance to aviation rulemaking.
FedEx Boeing 767-300F
FedEx lowers 2019 earnings forecast on airline weakness
Weakness in FedEx Corp.’s airline segment in the last quarter caused management to reduce its long-term target for the unit and lower the company’s earnings guidance for FY2019, despite strong growth in the FedEx Ground and Freight businesses.
Senator seeks to rein in US airlines 
Senator Ed Markey answers ATW's questions about his attempts to re-regulate the industry, including setting seat-pitch standards.
Analysis: US lawmakers eye more rules for airlines
Some lawmakers want to see more rules imposed on airlines.
DOJ investigating Airbus over ‘middlemen’ jetliner sales 
Shares in Airbus nosedived Dec. 20 after reports surfaced that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the company’s use of middlemen in jetliner sales.
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