Mark Nensel

Americas Editor,
Air Transport World


United Airlines Boeing 787-9
United Airlines makes major policy changes to regain customer trust
United Airlines is making a number of policy changes aimed at improving customer service and CEO Oscar Munoz has issued another public apology for the incident on flight 3411 in which a passenger was dragged off an aircraft to make way for a crew member.
Rendering of A321neo in Arkia livery
Israel’s Arkia selects CFM LEAP-1A engine for A321neos
Tel Aviv-based Arkia Israeli Airlines has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its four new Airbus A321neos, in an order valued at $112 million at list prices.
Allegiant Air A320
Allegiant Air posts $41.6 million net profit in 1Q
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent of low-cost carrier (LCC) Allegiant Air, reported first-quarter 2017 net income of $41.6 million, down 42.2% from a $72 million profit in 1Q 2016.
Alaska, Virgin America to consolidate at New York JFK Terminal 7
Alaska Airlines and Virgin America will consolidate operations at New York JFK’s Terminal 7 by October, the combined airlines said April 25.
ATR 72-600
Chorus Aviation Capital to buy six ATR 72-600s from Avation PLC
Halifax-based Chorus Aviation Capital, the leasing arm of Chorus Aviation, will acquire six ATR 72-600 turboprops with attached leases from Singapore-based lessor Avation PLC.
United’s board, Munoz agree he will not become chairman next year
The board of directors of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings, the parent company of United Airlines, has for the second time in two years amended CEO Oscar Munoz’s contract to deny him the role of board chairman.
Hawaiian posts $37 million 1Q net profit; A321neos to come in October
Hawaiian Holdings, parent of Hawaiian Airlines, reported a $36.9 million net profit for the 2017 first quarter, down 28.3% from a $51.5 million net income in 1Q 2016.
Volaris A320
Volaris posts $73 million 1Q net loss
Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Volaris reported a MXP1.4 billion ($72.7 million) net loss for the first quarter of 2017, reversed from a MXP602 million net profit in the year-ago quarter.
Avolon fleet more than doubled in 2017 1Q
Irish lessor Avolon more than doubled its owned and managed fleet to 565 aircraft in the first-quarter of 2017 compared to the year-ago quarter, the company reported April 18.
BOC Aviation transactions up 26% in 1Q 2017
BOC Aviation leased, purchased and sold a total of 54 aircraft in the first quarter of 2017, up 25.6% compared to a total 43 leased, purchased and sold aircraft in the year-ago quarter.
AerCap posts $7.2 billion in 1Q 2017 financing transactions
Dublin-based lessor AerCap signed $7.2 billion in financing transactions during the first quarter of 2017, eclipsing—by $2.6 billion—the company’s financing transactions for the full year of 2016.
Horizon Air, pilots’ union reach tentative agreement
Alaska Air Group regional subsidiary Horizon Air and its pilots, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, reached a tentative agreement April 14 to amend their existing eight-year contract.
Interjet Airbus A320neo
Interjet receives first CFM LEAP-1A-powered A320neo
Mexico City-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Interjet took delivery of the first of three Airbus A320neos, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, on April 17, according to Interjet CEO Jose Luis Garza.
EVA Air A330-300
EVA Air posts $107 million net profit for 2016
Taiwan’s EVA Air posted a full-year 2016 net profit of TWD3.5 billion ($107 million), down 46% from the company’s TWD6.4 billion 2015 net result.
Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Group orders 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s
Azerbaijan-based Silk Way was identified April 14 as the customer behind an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s originally announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2016.