Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


Zodiac Aerospace slowly recovering from production issues
Cabin equipment manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace is slowly pulling out of the production problems that have marred its relationships with aircraft manufacturers, according to the company’s first-half financial results (fiscal year 2017-18).
LOT Boeing 787-9
LOT Polish Airlines to boost 787 fleet to 15 by October 2019
LOT Polish Airlines will take three additional Boeing 787-9s on 12-year operational lease agreements with Irish lessor Avolon beginning next year, the Warsaw-based-carrier said April 24.
How strong is transatlantic market? 
LCCs and fuel-efficient aircraft are shaking up the transatlantic market
Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A321neo
Hawaiian 1Q net profit down as A321neo delay expenses mount 
Hawaiian Airlines parent Hawaiian Holdings reported a $28.5 million net profit for the first quarter of 2018, down 15.2% from $33.6 million in 1Q 2017, reflecting the impact of expenses and “challenges” related to the delivery delay of the airline’s forthcoming Airbus A321neos.
US regionals Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines to merge
Fort Lauderdale-based regional carrier Silver Airways finalized its purchase of San Juan, Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines April 23, creating a combined fleet of 31 aircraft serving Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
JetBlue Airbus A321
JetBlue posts $88 million 1Q net profit despite storm-related capacity hit 
New York-based JetBlue Airways reported $88 million in net profit for the first quarter of 2018, reflecting a 6.1% rise in RASM despite a 1% loss in capacity during the sequence of winter storms hitting the US northeast during the quarter.
Air Canada premium travel experience
Air Canada rolls out enhanced premium service on international flights
Air Canada unveiled its new “Signature Service” premium travel brand this week for international flights and plans to introduce the service upgrade on certain transcontinental flights within North America in June.
JetBlue Airbus A320
JetBlue flight attendants vote to unionize; contract talks to follow
JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU) April 17, paving the way for negotiations to secure the first contract for the New York-based carrier’s 5,000 flight attendants.
Aeromexico Boeing 787-9
Aeromexico posts $40 million 1Q loss on fuel, exchange rate pressure 
Grupo Aeromexico posted an MXP722 million ($39.7 million) net loss for the 2018 first quarter, deepened from an MXP328 million net loss in 1Q 2017, as a result of a 7.8% appreciation in the MXP-US dollar exchange rate as well as a 14.5% increase in peso-dominated fuel prices.
DOT fines Allegiant, Hawaiian for consumer protection rule violations
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) have levied $375,000 in fines on US LCC Allegiant Air and Hawaiian Airlines, citing both airlines for violating airline consumer protection rules.
Norwegian regional Widerøe took delivery of its first Embraer E190 E2 April 12.
Embraer transitions with 1Q 2018 delivery slowdown
Embraer delivered 14 commercial aircraft in the first quarter of 2018, down 22.2% from a year ago, and slowing from the 23 aircraft the Brazilian manufacturer delivered in 4Q 2017.
AviaAM Leasing places A321 with Canada’s Air Transat
Lithuania-based lessor AviaAM Leasing has delivered its first aircraft to a North American client—Canadian LCC Air Transat—the company said April 13.
Lessor Avolon’s fleet up 6.2% in 2018 first quarter
Irish lessor Avolon closed out the first quarter of 2018 with an owned and managed fleet comprising 570 aircraft, with commitments for a further 333 aircraft, bringing its total fleet to 903, up 6.2% from 1Q 2017.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900
Delta $547 million 1Q profit: strong revenue vs. fuel, weather costs 
A surge in cargo, loyalty program and premium fare up-sell revenue drove Delta Air Lines’ first-quarter 2018 operating revenue into quarterly record territory, with nearly $10 billion in GAAP revenue, up 9.5% year-over-year (YOY).
BOC Aviation signed 14 leases in 1Q; to deliver 54 aircraft in 2018
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation delivered six aircraft to five customers and signed 14 lease commitments over the first quarter of 2018, the company said April 11.