Pilar Wolfsteller

Pilar Wolfsteller

Pilar Wolfsteller, Americas Air Transport Editor, is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and brings a pilot’s perspective to her beat. She covers airlines across the hemisphere and her interests also include future-oriented sustainable aviation technology and urban air mobility projects. Pilar began her journalism career at the global news agencies Bloomberg and Reuters, and has reported from more than 50 countries.

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    USA raises tariffs on EU aircraft to 15%


    The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) raised its tariffs on large European aircraft 15%, up from its 10% levies implemented last October, in an ongoing dispute over subsidies.

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    American cancels Max flights through mid-August


    American Airlines says it expects it will not have the Boeing 737 Max in its schedule until mid-August, the last major US airline to plan through the lucrative summer peak travel season without the new generation aircraft, which has been grounded since March 2019.

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    United cancels Max into September


    United Airlines has taken the Boeing 737 Max out of its summer peak schedule as the beleaguered aircraft’s path to return to revenue service remains unclear.

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    Former United Airlines executive aims to launch new airline


    A former United Airlines executive has raised $125 million to launch a new budget airline in the US by the end of the year.

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    Copa net profit jumps as Max crisis drags on


    Higher travel demand and low fuel costs offset lost revenue opportunities as Panama’s Copa Airlines continues to post strong earnings even while struggling with the ongoing effects of the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

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    American Airlines extends flight cancellations to Asia


    Just five days after it extended the cancellation of flights between the United States and Hong Kong, American Airlines was once again forced to revise its schedule in light of coronavirus fears and subsequent customer cancellations.

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    WestJet offers 90 new connections in its summer schedule


    Canada’s WestJet published an expanded timetable with 90 new connections between its Calgary hub and numerous other domestic and international destinations beginning in the summer travel season.

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    Analyst: Boeing’s previously scrapped 787-3 could be reborn as the NMA


    In considering its options for a new midmarket aircraft (NMA), Boeing could ponder using an early design of a bestselling twin aisle aircraft which was shelved a decade ago, in an effort to keep development costs low and execute on an accelerated timeline, one analyst says.

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    China poses short and long-term challenges for US aerospace


    Economic vulnerability in China, coupled with a potential trade war between China and the United States, as well as the short-term but massively disruptive effects of the new coronavirus are some of the biggest risks the global aviation and aerospace industry faces at the start of the new decade.

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    Boeing has no time to lose on NMA decision


    Industry experts say Boeing must move quickly towards making a decision on its new mid-market airplane (NMA), a project it has been talking about for years but was recently put on the back burner as it continues to deal with the fallout from the year-long 737 Max crisis.

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    Boeing needs to balance supply chain and customers


    Suppliers and customers are both suffering from the 737 Max’s grounding, but to restart production requires the manufacturer to manage a delecate balancing act. 

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    Nervous uncertainty seeps into the aerospace industry


    A potential global recesssion, political instability, trade conflicts, the ongoing crisis at Boeing and a pandemic in Asia are all contributing to nervous uncertainty in the aerospace industry.

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    American suspends all flights to China


    American Airlines says it is suspending all flights to China as the coronavirus spreads, sickening more than a thousand and killing almost 200 people. The decision comes a day after the carrier’s pilots sued to stop the carrier’s flights to the country.

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    American reaches tentative agreement with unions


    American Airlines says it has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with unions representing 31,000 employees, after an acrimonious year-long standoff led to the delay or cancellation of more than a thousand flights.

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    Hawaiian full year income falls as competition increases


    Hawaiian Holdings, the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, says net adjusted income for the full year 2019 fell 25% to $219 million compared to the same period a year ago as it faced stiff new competition on some of its stronger routes within the Hawaiian Islands, to the US mainland and to Japan.

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    Uber sees piloted eVTOL flights before drone package deliveries


    Mark Moore, Uber’s engineering director for aircraft systems, says he expects piloted electric-vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft to advance faster than autonomous drone package deliveries due to the increased regulatory requirements surrounding autonomous flight.

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    Kopter announces orders, options from INAEC and Rainier


    Swiss light helicopter manufacturer Kopter says it received several orders and options from the Philippines’ INAEC Aviation Corporation and Rainier Heli-International.

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    Metro Aviation orders 12 more Airbus EC145e


    Airbus says that Metro Aviation, an operator of medical aircraft for healthcare providers, has ordered 12 more twin-engined EC145e helicopters, bringing the Louisiana-based company’s order book total for the aircraft type to 43.

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    The eVTOL revolution needs to be a quiet one


    Newfangled electric-vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also referred to as air taxis, are still at an early stage of development but are becoming a leading topic of discussion in the aviation industry - especially at the 2020 Heli-Expo conference in Anaheim, Califonia.

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    Tennessee Valley Authority adds four Bell helicopters to its fleet


    Bell says that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has added four of its rotorcraft to its fleet, bringing the electricity agency’s total to six.

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