Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


WestJet Link launches western Canada flights with Pacific Coastal
Canadian LCC WestJet Airlines’ regional airline service WestJet Link debuted June 20 with its first flight between British Columbia cities Cranbrook and Prince George, flown via capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Vancouver-based regional carrier Pacific Coastal Airlines.
FedEx Boeing 767-300F
FedEx $4.6 billion fiscal 2018 net profit lifted by tax reform benefit 
Memphis-based FedEx Corp. reported $4.6 billion in consolidated net profit for fiscal 2018—up 53% over the company’s fiscal 2017 $3 billion net result—boosted by $2.1 billion in tax benefits, $1.6 billion of which came from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed by the US Congress in late December 2017.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300ER
Delta, Korean Air expand JV codeshares, add new transpacific routes
Delta Air Lines expanded its transpacific partnership with Korean Air June 14 as the Atlanta-based carrier announced a new nonstop route between Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) and Osaka, Japan’s Kansai International (KIX) starting in 2019. Specific schedule details were not released.
Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200
Hawaiian lowers 2Q revenue guidance as volcanic activity hits bookings
Despite over a million onboard passengers in May, a record for the month, Hawaiian Airlines revised its guidance for second-quarter revenue downward, citing “a reduction in the pace of domestic bookings following an increase in volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii.”
Boeing 737 MAX orders lift year-to-date totals 
Boeing logged 40 new commercial aircraft bookings in May, over half for 737 MAXs, lifting the US manufacturer’s total gross orders for 2018 to 361 commercial aircraft, valued at about $63 billion.
More US capacity cuts needed after Southwest cuts growth, analysts say
Recent news from Southwest Airlines that it is scaling back planned growth through year-end will help keep domestic capacity in check as costs rise, but similar moves will be needed by peers to cement what analysts believe is a necessary market correction.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz
United’s Munoz firms guidance, highlights customer relations reforms 
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz—speaking at an Economic Club of Washington DC event June 7—gave no indication the Chicago-based carrier would retreat from its 2018 and longer-range earnings guidance.
United Boeing 737 MAX 9
United’s first 737 MAX 9 enters service at Houston hub
United Airlines debuted its first passenger service utilizing a Boeing 737 MAX 9 with UA flight 686 between Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) June 7.
A320neo in Lufthansa livery
Big A350 booking lifts Airbus 2018 gross orders to 160 commercial jets 
Airbus added firm orders for 24 commercial aircraft in May to its year-to-date gross total of 160 aircraft orders, including an end-of-month booking from an unidentified customer for 15 A350-900s valued at approximately $4.8 billion.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest warns of 2Q revenue hit post-accident; trims capacity 
Southwest Airlines informed investors June 4 to expect a second-quarter 2018 RASM drop of about 3% compared to 2Q 2017, a consequence of lower bookings following the April 17 engine failure on flight 1380, a Boeing 737-700, which killed one passenger.
IATA: Passenger traffic trending up; costs likely to raise fares
Global airline passenger traffic growth remained strong in April, with an 82.3% passenger load factor—the third record-setting monthly load factor in a row.
Global air freight sees modest April rebound as new export orders slow
Global air cargo demand grew 4.1% year-over-year in April, recovering from a 23-month low in March but showing increasing signs that trade growth worldwide—in both air freight and global containerized trade—may be weakening as protectionist measures accelerate worldwide, according to IATA’s Air Freight Market analysis released May 30.
WestJet Boeing 737-700
WestJet, ALPA agree to federal mediation, late June settlement
Following personal intervention by the Canadian government’s labor minister, WestJet management and its pilots, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), agreed May 25 to federal mediation of the two sides’ heated contract negotiations, averting pilot strike action.
Sun Country to add 9% more seats, cut first class in fleet refresh
Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Sun Country Airlines is accelerating its transition from leisure carrier to ultra-LCC with a full-fleet cabin interior renovation set for completion by the end of 2018, according to a letter from Sun Country president and CEO Jude Bricker distributed to customers this week.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300
Delta to relaunch nonstop US-Mumbai flights in 2019
Delta Air Lines plans to resume nonstop flights between the US and Mumbai in 2019, the Atlanta-based carrier said May 24.
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