Sean Broderick

Aviation Week


Air Italy A330-200
Munoz: US carriers ‘strongly opposed’ to Air Italy’s US expansion
US carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are preparing a “strong retort” to Air Italy’s service additions, calling the Italian carrier’s recent and planned moves into US gateways a “clear violation” of an agreement between US and Qatari government officials, Chicago-based United Airlines’ top executive said.
EASA, FAA expand CFM LEAP-1A cold-soak software fix to -1Bs
European and US regulators have expanded a software-upgrade mandate to CFM International LEAP-1B engines that ensures Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft will not experience engine-fan-speed issues caused by extremely cold weather.
Brazil court clears way for Boeing, Embraer to finalize deal
A Brazilian appeals court has reversed a lower court’s provisional decision that would have prevented Embraer and Boeing from finalizing terms of their proposed joint venture (JV).
Embraer, Brazil to appeal court order halting Boeing JV approval
Embraer and Brazil’s government plan to challenge a Brazilian court order that prevents the company and Boeing from finalizing their proposed commercial-aircraft joint venture (JV) before the country’s new administration is in power.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest’s load factor declines for eighth straight month
Southwest Airlines continues to see capacity growth outpace revenue passenger mile (RPM) additions, underscoring the airline’s need to boost unit revenue through efforts such as its recent fare increases.
EMAS stops Southwest 737 in Burbank overrun; no injuries reported
The runway-excursion safety system installed following a 2000 overrun by a Southwest Airlines 737-300 at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) is being credited for helping to keep another 737 from leaving airport property after the aircraft landed and went past the same runway end Dec. 6.
JAC retires last Q400 as ATR turboprops arrive
Japan Air Commuter (JAC) removed its last Bombardier Q400 from service Nov. 30 as the airline phases in ATR turboprops.
Alaska plans to boost capacity 2% in 2019
Alaska Air Group—parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air—plans to grow capacity 2% next year and accelerate its expansion rate soon after, but will carefully monitor the competitive environment before making firm commitments, the company’s top executive said.
Qantas A380 turned back after door damage from catering truck
Passenger-door seal damage caused by a catering truck caused unnerving onboard noise that led the pilots of a Qantas Airbus A380 to return to Sydney two hours into a scheduled flight to the US, an Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) report found.
United: No large capacity additions as fuel price drops 
Falling fuel prices could trigger a small increase in near-term capacity but not major network additions at United Airlines, in part because of the airline’s success in passing through costs during fuel’s price rise, a top executive said.
Preliminary report confirms crashed Lion Air MAX was not airworthy
A preliminary report on the Oct. 29 crash of Lion Air flight 610 (JT610) confirms the accident aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was not airworthy on at least its last two flights, spotlighting gaps in the airline’s maintenance practices and safety culture.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest raises domestic fares in bid to solidify revenues 
Southwest Airlines, looking to solidify and potentially improve upon a projected 3% unit-revenue increase in 2019 amid costs rising at the same rate, has increased fares in most US domestic markets by $2-$5.
Boeing gives pilots more MCAS details on MAX handling, plans Q&A 
Boeing continues to provide airlines more details on the MAX family’s stall-protection systems and carriers are sharing the information with their pilots, reiterating that even if elements of the systems are new, troubleshooting procedures have not changed.
Muilenburg: Boeing did not withhold information on MAX functionality 
Boeing’s top executive is defending how the company handled communicating details about a new system on the 737 MAX as more operators acknowledge the new information they are learning is prompting them to update manuals and training.
Fatigue experts develop guide on pilot-controlled rest 
A working group of fatigue experts from airlines, labor groups, and academia has released a best-practices guide to controlled rest (CR) on the flight deck—part of an effort to provide data-supported guidance on how to create and improve pilot-napping programs.
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