12 Jun 2017
USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 12 June
Delta to add cargo VP role as it appoints new global sales head
Delta Cargo has appointed a new managing director of global cargo sales and also revealed it will introduce a new cargo vice president role. Cargo president Gareth Joyce said that the airline would introduce a new vice president of cargo role after he was given the extra responsibility of senior vice president – airport customer service.
Further US airline consolidation unlikely for now
Further airline industry consolidation is unlikely in the US in the near future, but carriers may seek to grow through joint ventures or investments in foreign airlines, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
Sabre Predicts U.S. Airlines Won’t Level Booking Surcharges
Sabre argues that it would be self-harming for U.S.-based airlines to copy the surcharges that European airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways are adding on bookings processed outside of their own networks.
Travel to the United States rose in April, but industry remains wary
International travel to the United States in the month of April rose four percent year over year. Data released by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), in partnership with Oxford Economics, showed stronger-than-expected April demand despite the initial messy rollout of President Donald Trump's order in January barring travel to the United States from several Muslim majority countries. That order has been stayed by a number of federal courts, and is now awaiting a review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
US airline jet fuel use decreasing as passenger numbers grow
Although the number of passengers traveling on U.S. carriers in 2016 was 7 percent higher than in 2007, the amount of jet fuel was 11 percent lower in 2016 than a decade ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted in a recent report. Although long-terms in jet fuel use trends show decreases, the amount consumed by U.S. airlines increased in both 2015 and 2016. Improved airline fuel economy has allowed airlines to use less jet fuel. The average fuel economy of U.S. carriers in terms of available seat-miles per gallon increased 22 percent since 2007.
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