Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network

Ben Goldstein covers the the politics of the US airline industry. Prior to joining Aviation Week Network in Spring 2018, he worked in writing/communications roles at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General. He graduated with a master's degree in political communication from American University in 2017. 


Alaska Airlines A321neo
Alaska, Spirit raise 3Q guidance on revenue, cost improvements
Alaska Air Group and Spirit Airlines both revised their third-quarter guidance to reflect improvements in unit revenue and non-fuel costs.
American reshuffles management teams after turbulent summer
American Airlines is reorganizing its operations and customer service management teams following a tumultuous summer that led to a spike in delays and cancellations.
Delta Air Lines A220-100
Delta reports solid 3Q net profit, revenue; anticipates higher costs 
Delta Air Lines posted a 2019 third-quarter adjusted net profit of $1.5 billion, up 21.5% from $1.2 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Analysts: Risks could affect Boeing’s 787 production target 
Bernstein analysts see risk ahead for Boeing’s ability to maintain 787 production at 14/month in coming years.
Airlines, environmental groups split on how to reduce carbon emissions 
The recent ICAO Assembly in Montreal revealed deep divisions between airlines and environmental groups over the path to reducing carbon emissions.
Avianca A320
Avianca to get up to $250 million loan from United, Kingsland
Colombia’s Avianca Holdings has reached an agreement with United Airlines Holdings and Kingsland Holdings S.A. that would see the Latin American carrier receive financing of up to $250 million while it executes a debt re-profiling plan.
Peruvian Airlines suspends operations
Peruvian Airlines has suspended all operations “until further notice,” after its bank accounts were frozen by Peruvian customs authorities over tax irregularities, the company announced Oct. 4.
GAO report finds TSA review of security directives ‘not consistent’ 
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is not consistently involving airlines when it reviews security directives at foreign airports, and its process for checking them is not transparent, a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.
Hawaiian Airlines A321neo
DOT tentatively approves Hawaiian-JAL JV; declines antitrust immunity 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Oct. 3 tentatively approved an agreement for Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) to operate a joint venture (JV) between Hawaii and Japan, although it declined to grant the pair anti-trust immunity (ATI).
Delta Air Lines A350-900
Delta forecasts higher 3Q, full-year nonfuel costs 
Shares in Delta Air Lines slumped after the company revised its expectations higher for third-quarter and full-year nonfuel unit costs.
Brazilian Congress upholds domestic checked baggage fees
Brazil’s National Congress on Sept. 27 failed to overturn President Jair Bolsonaro’s veto of a provision that would have allowed passengers on domestic flights to check in one piece of luggage free of charge.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200
American Airlines boosts frequencies to Latin America, Europe
American Airlines has announced plans to increase flying to Latin America from its Miami hub, part of an effort to shore up its position in the region following rival Delta Air Lines’ acquisition of a 20% stake in LATAM Airlines Group.
ALPA wants action on secondary cockpit barrier directive
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) First VP Bob Fox told US lawmakers that the pilot union is “deeply dismayed” over the FAA’s lack of follow-through on a directive that would mandate the installation of secondary cockpit barriers.
FAA expects decision on seat size rules by year-end
FAA expects to reach a decision on minimum dimensions for seat length, width and pitch by the end of the year, following live evacuation drills in November, deputy administrator Dan Elwell said.
FAA’s Elwell defends MAX safety inspector qualifications
FAA deputy administrator Dan Elwell told US House appropriators that all safety inspectors who sat on the flight standardization board (FSB) for the Boeing 737 MAX were fully qualified, contradicting recent findings from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
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