Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


El Al Boeing 737-900ER.
El Al Israel Airlines posts $81 million 2016 net profit
The airline took delivery of the last of its eight new Boeing 737-900ERs in March 2016.
ATR CEO focuses on changing perceptions of turboprops 
ATR is trying to convey to potential customers and passengers that his turboprops are modern, safe, fuel efficient and economically viable aircraft.
Delta to launch New York JFK-Rio de Janeiro 767 flights in December
Delta Air Lines will launch daily New York JFK-Rio de Janeiro service starting Dec. 21, pending US Department of Transportation (DOT) approval.
United opens automated screening lanes checkpoint at Newark Airport
United Airlines has unveiled a redesigned security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C, featuring 17 new automated screening lanes built by Luton, UK-based aviation checkpoint developer L-3 MacDonald Humfrey.
Fiji Airways reports $40 million operating profit for 2016
Fiji Airways Group reported FJD84.5 million ($39.7 million) in 2016 group operating profit before tax, up 20.4% from FJD70.2 million in 2015. Total revenue for the year was FJD825.3 million, up 1.2% over FJD815.3 million in 2015. The company did not release net profit/loss results for the year.
FedEx Boeing 757-200F
FedEx reports $562 million net profit for fiscal 3Q
FedEx Corp. has posted a consolidated net profit of $562 million for its FY2017 third quarter covering the peak holiday period between December 2016 and February 2017, a 10.8% increase over $507 million net income in the year-ago quarter.
FAA forecasts 2.4% annual passenger traffic growth through 2037
Noting the US airline industry saw its seventh consecutive year of profitability in 2016, FAA is projecting the US will see a “competitive and profitable aviation industry characterized by increasing demand for air travel [with] airfares growing more slowly than inflation” over the next 20 years, according to the agency’s annual Aerospace Forecast for fiscal years 2017-3037.
Thai Airways Boeing 787-8
Thai Airways reverses losses, posts $1.3 million 2016 net profit
Thai Airways International posted a net profit of THB46.8 million ($1.3 million) for 2016, a turnaround from the airline’s THB13 billion net loss in 2015.
A4A: Major US airlines post 14.2% pre-tax profit margin in 2016
The 10 publicly traded US passenger airlines collectively reported a pre-tax profit margin of 14.2% in 2016, according to Airlines for America (A4A).
Avianca A320
Avianca reverses losses with $44 million 2016 net profit
Avianca Holdings posted a net profit of $44.2 million in 2016, reversing a $139.5 net loss the company reported in 2015.
US airlines post record passenger levels in 2016
US airlines carried a record 823 million passengers systemwide in 2016, up 3.1% from the previous record high of 798.2 million recorded in 2015, according to US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released March 16.
Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau
Transport Canada adopts new rules for UAVs
Responding to a reported tripling of recreational unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) incidents since 2014, Transport Canada issued new operational rules March 16, effective immediately.
New US travel ban blocked by two federal courts
Federal US District Court judges in two states issued rulings March 15-16 temporarily halting implementation of the new travel ban to the US ordered by US President Donald Trump on March 6.
American Airlines boxed meal
American to include main cabin meals on transcontinental flights
American Airlines will provide meals at no extra cost for all main cabin seats on two transcontinental routes, beginning May 1.
Boeing andn CDB Aviation executives
CDB Aviation Lease Finance orders 30 Boeing 737 MAXs
CDB Aviation Lease Finance, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing, has ordered 30 Boeing 737 MAXs.