Sean Broderick

Aviation Week


US Congress calls for more scrutiny of FAA safety oversight 
US House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Democrats are leaning on FAA to review how it oversees airlines—and low-cost carriers in particular—and brief lawmakers as soon as possible.
LATAM Boeing 787-9
LATAM brings in leased 747-400 as grounded 787 engines are inspected 
Santiago-based LATAM has added a fifth leased aircraft—a Boeing 747-400—to fill in for grounded 787s as they are taken out of service for newly mandated Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 inspections.
Allegiant Air A320
US ultra-LCC Allegiant strongly denies ‘unsafe’ allegations
US ultra-LCC Allegiant Air is pushing back hard against new allegations that it runs an unsafe airline, pointing to changes aimed at improving its operations as evidence.
WestJet Boeing 737-700
Fitch: Air Canada, WestJet not ‘overly concerned’ by ULCC threat 
Air Canada and Calgary-based LCC WestJet face the biggest threats from each other rather than planned ultra LCC operators eyeing shares of a market dominated by the two carriers, Fitch Ratings said.
FAA headquarters in Washington DC
US House FAA proposal to focus on funding, not ATC reform
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership introduced a five-year FAA reauthorization bill April 13—a bipartisan proposal that leaves efforts to reform the air traffic control system behind, focusing instead on stabilizing the agency with consistent funding.
City officials back Boutique Air bid for Prescott airport air services
A bid from San Francisco-based Boutique Air has been endorsed by Prescott, Arizona city officials to replace air services lost at Prescott Municipal Airport (PRC) when Cheyenne, Wyoming regional Great Lakes Airlines abruptly ceased operations last month.
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
American eyes A321/737 cabin mods to begin this fall 
American Airlines is looking to start cabin modifications on about 200 Airbus A321s and 250 Boeing 737-800s starting this fall.
Court decision could spur US maintenance manual fight
A US court ruling has determined FAA is not obligated to force an aerospace manufacturer to supply maintenance instructions to a repair station.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Chicago O’Hare’s terminal expansion debt to drive up airline costs 
Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s (ORD) $8.4 billion terminal modernization program will bring much-needed improvements and expansion to the busy airport, but the overhaul will come at a significant day-to-day cost, Moody’s Investors Service warned.
IATA’s strong cargo growth forecast tempered by trade war threat
The medium-term outlook for global air cargo demand remains strong, but the industry is watching several key variables that could have major implications on air freight trends, including how the escalating tariff battle between the US and China might affect shipping patterns.
Dallas Love Field Airport gate probe dropped 
FAA has withdrawn its investigation into whether the City of Dallas violated federal mandates in the long-simmering dispute over Delta Air Lines’ access to gates at Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL).
Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900
Delta: Strong demand generates ‘positive results’ in 1Q 
Delta Air Lines said strong first-quarter demand generated “positive results” in “all geographic entities,” adding that international unit revenues outperformed domestic, the Atlanta-based carrier said in an investor update.
Abrupt Great Lakes shutdown leaves two Arizona cities without service 
US regional Great Lakes Airlines, which ceased scheduled passenger flights operations March 26, did not provide the required advance notice of changes, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), which ordered the carrier to resume flights.
US majors’ domestic growth boost not response to United plans, analysts say 
An analysis of second- and third-quarter schedules at US majors Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlines, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines show an aggregate domestic capacity boost of 4%, compared to just 1% internationally.
Scheduled charter provider OneJet grows network, expands fleet 
Niche scheduled charter provider OneJet has begun new nonstop service between West Palm Beach (PBI) and its Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) hub, and plans to keep expanding as its Embraer ERJ-135 fleet grows.