Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


Aeromexico Boeing 787-9
Grupo Aeromexico 2017 net profit hit by rise in fuel costs, inflation
Grupo Aeromexico reported a MXP18 million ($914,000) net profit for 2017, down 98.4% from MXP1.1 billion net income in 2016.
Delta Cargo adds eight airports to pharmaceutical shipping network
Delta Cargo has expanded its Pharma 4 program, bringing the shipment method for room-temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products to an additional eight global destinations, the Atlanta-based carrier said Feb. 20.
Allegiant adds new bases in Florida, Indianapolis
Las Vegas-based LCC Allegiant Air plans to designate Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) as its 14th year-round base this summer.
SIA posts $532 million nine-month profit on passenger, cargo growth
Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) reported a SG$711.1 million ($531.9 million) net profit for the first nine months of its 2017-2018 fiscal year, up 42.6% over SG$498.7 million over the same period a year ago. SIA cited strong passenger and cargo revenue partially offset by higher fuel expenses for the results.
Copa, Lufthansa to codeshare Panama-Frankfurt route
Panama-based Copa Airlines and Lufthansa Group have agreed to expand the scope of their existing codeshare to allow Copa to commercialize and market the Panama-Frankfurt-Panama route, which is operated by Lufthansa. Copa will now be able to codeshare the route with a Copa Airlines flight number.
Star Alliance rolls out digital services platform to member airlines
The Star Alliance is rolling out its promised digital services platform (DSP) as the Frank¬furt-based global airline alliance aims to channel data to its 28 members.
Munich Airport, Lufthansa test humanoid robot at Terminal 2
Passengers traveling through the non-public, post-security area of Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 in coming weeks will be met by a humanoid robot offering airport directions and information.
Air Canada doubles annual profit with passenger, route growth
Air Canada posted a C$2 billion net profit ($1.6 billion) for 2017—more than doubling the carrier’s 2016 C$876 million net income—driven by an 11.3% increase in passenger traffic producing a 10.7% rise in revenues.
Lessor CALC leads Airbus January order tally
After Airbus’ record-breaking conclusion to 2017, in which the Toulouse-based manufacturer gained firm orders for 836 aircraft in December alone, the company’s January 2018 commercial orders returned to a normal pace, with a total of 20 aircraft firmed between two customers, valued at approximately $2.2 billion at list prices.
FAA and CAAS agreement
SINGAPORE: FAA, CAAS expand bilateral airworthiness cooperation
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and FAA signed a revised version of their Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement-Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (BASA-IPA) on the sidelines of the Singapore Air Show this week.
Jazz Aviation Airport Services Group ratifies 5-year labor contract
Canadian regional carrier Jazz Aviation’s airport services group ratified a new five-year labor contract Feb. 6.
IATA, CAAS to partner on aviation safety predictive analytics center
IATA will partner with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to establish a Global Safety Predictive Analytics Research Center (SPARC) in Singapore, according to an agreement signed by the two parties Feb. 7.
Bangkok Airways ATR 72-600
SINGAPORE: Bangkok Airways orders four ATR 72-600s 
Thai regional carrier Bangkok Airways ordered four ATR 72-600s Feb. 7, making the French-Italian turboprop manufacturer the only company to score a new commercial aircraft order at the 2018 Singapore Air Show to date.
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit to settle labor issues after posting $421 million 2017 profit 
Fort Lauderdale-based ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines reported a $420.6 million net profit for 2017, a 58.8% increase over a $264.9 million net income in 2016. Spirit cited a one-time, non-cash $199.3 million tax credit courtesy of the late 2017 US tax reform legislation, as part of the reason for the increase.
Delta Connection Embraer E175
Fleet transition drives SkyWest to $429 million net profit turnaround 
Utah-based SkyWest Inc., parent of regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, turned around its profitability picture in 2017, posting a $428.9 million net profit, reversed from a $161.6 million net loss in 2016.