Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


Second US federal court blocks most of latest travel ban
A second US federal district court judge issued a block Oct. 17 on the Trump administration’s third travel ban, which had been scheduled to take effect Oct. 18.
Third US travel ban largely blocked by federal judge
A federal judge in Hawaii on Oct. 17 reportedly blocked a large portion of the Trump administration’s third attempt at a foreign travel ban to the US, a day before the ban was set to take effect.
Island Air Bombardier Q400
Hawaii’s Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Hawaiian inter-island regional carrier Island Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 16, in what the carrier called “an effort to continue normal operations while navigating through legal challenges recently presented by the lessors of its aircraft.”
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit revises 3Q guidance; storms cost $40 million in lost revenue 
Florida-based ULCC Spirit Airlines revised its third-quarter operational guidance Oct. 16 and indicated the airline took a $40 million hit in lost revenue from the recent hurricanes.
Etihad Airways A330-200
Airbus forecasts doubling of Middle East fleet by 2036
Middle East airlines will require 2,590 new commercial aircraft over the next 20 years, according to Airbus’s 2017 Global Market Forecast, representing a market value of $600 billion for the region’s future fleet.
FAA adopts Stage 5 noise standard on new aircraft designs
FAA has adopted a new noise standard that will result in a volume decrease of seven decibels (dBs) for certain newly designed subsonic aircraft.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue projects potential $134 million revenue loss from hurricanes 
New York-based JetBlue revised its preliminary third-quarter guidance Oct. 11 to reflect an estimated $44 million negative impact on 3Q 2017 revenue by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
IATA: Solid August air cargo traffic points to robust full-year result
Global air freight traffic continued to gain momentum, rising 12.1% compared to a year ago, as reported in IATA’s August Air Freight Market Analysis.
CBP testing biometric facial recognition with TSA at JFK Terminal 7
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiated a 30-day test of facial recognition biometric technology at a TSA international checkpoint at New York-JFK airport’s Terminal 7, the agency said Oct. 11.
SkyWest’s 45 E175 orders lift Embraer’s 3Q commercial aircraft outlook 
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer firmed its biggest order of 2017 during the third quarter when Utah-based SkyWest Inc. ordered a cumulative 45 E175s, valued at approximately $2.1 billion at list prices.
Air Lease Corp. sold seven aircraft, delivered three in 3Q 
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) sold seven aircraft and delivered three newly built aircraft during the 2017 third quarter, the Los Angeles-based lessor said Oct. 9.
IATA: global passenger trips rose 7% in 2016
Commercial airlines flew 3.8 billion passengers in 2016, a 7% increase approximately equivanelt to 242 million additional air trips -- over the previous year, according to IATA’s 2017 World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report, released Oct. 9.
BOC Aviation gains 26 lease commitments, delivers nine aircraft in 3Q 
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation delivered nine aircraft and added 26 lease commitments in the 2017 third quarter, the company said Oct. 9.
ACI: As major airports grow, smallest airports see passenger drop-off 
In 2017, there are now 46 airports worldwide that each serve over 40 million passengers per year, a 24.3% year-over-year surge in this elite category of mega-hub airports, according to a new Airports Council International (ACI) annual report.
Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ900
Endeavor Air pilots reach tentative agreement on contract extension
Pilots for Delta Air Lines’ wholly owned subsidiary and regional carrier Endeavor Air, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), has reached a tentative agreement with management on an extension of their existing contract through to Jan. 1, 2024.