Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


US, EU expand cooperation on ATC modernization, pilot training
The US and the European Union (EU) are amending two joint agreements expanding cooperation on aviation safety and air traffic management (ATC) modernization.
BTS: US airlines combined 3Q profits down as labor, fuel expenses rise 
US scheduled passenger airlines saw a nearly $66 million drop in consolidated net profit during the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
Weekend snowstorm forces 1,375 Delta flight cancellations
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines canceled 1,375 flights Dec. 8-9 as an early winter storm brought over two inches of snow to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Delta’s largest hub.
View of Terminal A from the new parking garage
PATH approves $1.1 billion for New York regional airport improvements 
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) approved its 2018 budget Dec. 7, paving the way for $1.1 billion in capital budget funds toward redeveloping the region’s three airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA).
DOT axes proposed rules for ancillary revenue, baggage fee disclosure
Critics of perceived federal government overreach regarding US airline industry regulation were handed a victory Dec. 7 as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew two proposed rules that would have forced US airlines to collect and publish detailed data on ancillary revenues and disclose baggage fees to passengers at point-of-sale, respectively.
Dublin-based Avolon finalized an order for 55 737 MAX 8s and 20 737 MAX 10s
Lessors dominate Airbus, Boeing November orders
Boeing dominated November’s new order tally, booking 159 commercial aircraft by six customers, valued at approximately $21 billion at list prices.
American Airlines to retrofit overhead bins on A321 fleet
American Airlines is planning to add extra-large storage bins on the bulk of its in-service Airbus A321s, 202 aircraft in all, and has chosen Airbus’s aftermarket services unit Services by Airbus to perform the retrofit, the Toulouse-based manufacturer said Dec. 6.
Three US airlines to restrict certain smart luggage from cargo holds
Three US airlines have issued restrictions on certain “smart bags”—recently introduced high-tech luggage powered by lithium batteries—as checked-in baggage.
Aerolíneas Argentina 737 MAX 8
MAX 8 comes to Latin America with first Aerolíneas Argentinas flight
Aerolíneas Argentina took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 Nov. 29 and flew the aircraft’s first commercial flight from Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to Mendoza in western Argentina Dec. 4.
North American traffic recovery boosts October passenger growth
Global air passenger traffic grew 7.2% year-over-year (YOY) in October, largely recovering from the weather-related slowdown seen in September, according to IATA’s October Air Passenger Market Analysis.
US Supreme Court lifts US travel ban restrictions
The US Supreme Court issued stays Dec. 4 on two preliminary injunctions related to the Trump Administration’s third travel ban issued Sept. 24.
US court orders Atlas Air Worldwide pilots to halt work slowdown
A US federal court has granted Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ request for a preliminary injunction against its pilots. The Purchase, New York-based cargo operator had accused the pilots of its Atlas Air, Polar Air and Southern Air subsidiaries of an intentional work slowdown amidst ongoing contract negotiations.
IATA: October-November air cargo growth points to strong 2017 finish 
The world air freight market is on track for its strongest year of growth since the global economic crisis rebound of 2010, according to IATA’s October Air Freight Market Analysis released Dec. 1.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
American’s pilot scheduling glitch threatens holiday flying
A technical glitch in American Airlines’ pilot scheduling system has left the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier without enough pilots during the upcoming holiday season, igniting a social media uproar Nov. 29 when news of the situation became public.
Aeromexico Connect pilots protest halts 51 Mexico City Airport flights
Aeromexico reported flight 51 cancellations at Mexico City International Airport Nov. 28 following a no-show by a group of Aeromexico Connect pilots protesting the firing of a colleague.