All articles by Tom Risen

  • Air Canada 787-10

    Air Canada turned profitable in 2023 on international travel growth


    Canada’s flag carrier is optimistic about international travel in 2024 amid stagnant growth of its domestic-Canadian operation

  • MesaAir_CRJ

    Higher expenses drag Mesa Q4 profits


    Mesa Air Group reported a net profit of $12 million for its fourth quarter of 2019, down from $19 million during the same quarter in 2018 as Phoenix-based regional carrier Mesa Airlines expands its fleet. Operating revenue during the quarter rose 6% year-on-year to $188 million, compared with $177 million ...

  • News

    FAA expands Boeing 737NG crack inspections


    The US Federal Aviation Administration mandates that airlines with Boeing 737NG aircraft that have completed a high rate of flight cycles must re-inspect hardware known as “pickle forks” that connect a wing to a fuselage.

  • News

    Boeing aims to resume 737 Max deliveries in December


    ​​Boeing on 11 November estimates deliveries of its 737 Max aircraft could resume in December as it announced the completion of the first of five milestones to gain approval of safety modifications from the US Federal Aviation Administration to return those aircraft to service.

  • News

    Alaska Q3 profit driven by Hawaii routes


    Alaska Air Group reported a net profit of $322 million during the third quarter, compared to $217 million during the same quarter in 2018 as the company continues its aggressive cost management mentality.

  • News

    Lufthansa partners on automated actuator MRO


    Lufthansa Technik AG and the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, aim to develop a faster, more precise procedure to diagnose safety-critical hydraulic flight control actuators through a joint project that runs through the end of 2020.

  • News

    Spirit Q3 profit hit by heavy weather


    ​Spirit Airlines reports $992 million in operating revenue during its third quarter, a 10% increase compared with the same quarter during 2018, delivering $83.5 million net profit as the ultra-low-cost carrier plans to build a new headquarters in Fort Lauderdale and expand its Airbus fleet.

  • News

    Southwest cancels 737 Max flights into February


    ​​Southwest Airlines is extending cancellation of flights on its fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft through 8 February, days after its pilots' union estimated the aircraft would take longer to return to service than the Texas-based airline's previous cancellation through 5 January.

  • News

    Southwest pilots expect longer 737 Max return to service


    The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) does not expect that the  Boeing 737 Max aircraft will return to service with the carrier before February 2020.

  • News

    Boeing reports 38 cracks on global 737NG fleet


    ​​Airlines have reported 38 structural cracks after inspecting 810 Boeing 737NG aircraft in fleets worldwide, the airframer says.

  • News

    Boeing partners with Porsche on flying taxis


    German automaker Porsche is forming a team with Boeing to analyze demand for vertical takeoff flying taxis designed to ferry people around cities and over gridlock traffic as it aims to stay in step with the next generation of travel.

  • News

    FAA seeks nominees for Women in Aviation Advisory Board


    The US Federal Aviation Administration on 9 October announced the establishment of an advisory board to find ways to boost the recruitment of women into the aviation industry, nearly four months after a congressional deadline to appoint board members.

  • News

    Southwest grounds two 737NGs with structural cracks


    Southwest Airlines removed two Boeing 737NG aircraft from service because of structural cracks discovered during inspections mandated by the US Federal Aviation Administration of such aircraft that had completed 30,000 flight cycles.

  • News

    Boeing bets on space with Virgin Galactic investment


    Boeing will invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic to "broaden commercial space access and transform global travel technologies" the companies announced on 8 October. Both companies have discussed the potential for super-fast commercial flight through hypersonic aircraft or flight through space.

  • News

    Southwest pilots sue Boeing for 737 Max damages


    The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) on 7 October announced it filed a lawsuit against Boeing seeking damages for the 10,000 pilots represented by the association who have lost compensation during the ongoing grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft that began in March.

  • News

    DOT denies Hawaiian, Japan Airlines immunity benefits


    ​​US regulators say the proposed joint venture between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines is not anti-competitive but does not merit their request for antitrust immunity.

  • UPS drone

    FAA grants first drone airline approval for UPS


    Hospitals will soon have greater access to drone deliveries of healthcare supplies from UPS Flight Forward now that the Atlanta-based company gained the first-ever drone airline certificated from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

  • FAA Dan Elwell

    FAA denies misleading Congress on 737 Max


    Lawmakers on 25 September scrutinised the US Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of the aircraft safety certification process, including whether the agency misled the US Senate about the qualifications of inspectors to certify and assess pilot training for Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

  • News

    Special counsel reports FAA misled Congress on inspector training


    An independent watchdog agency states the US Federal Aviation Administration did not properly accredit several of its safety inspectors to certify and assess pilot training, and then misled Congress when asked about safety oversight of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

  • Bell Nexus

    Boeing and Safran invest in Electric Power Systems


    Boeing and Safran on 17 September announced a joint investment in Electric Power Systems (EPS), giving the Utah-based company more resources to develop batteries for urban air mobility and electric aircraft projects, eventually at an industrial scale.