Aviation Engineering News

The aviation industry is built on a backbone of large-scale engineering, from 400-seater VLAs like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777x to the complex mechanical operations behind large international airports.

Airlines are facing new challenges surrounding long-haul flights, reduced flight times, safety pressures and environmental impact. Engineering solutions including super-sonic aircraft, wing design and aerodynamics are beginning to shape the future of the industry and define the engineering that it is producing.

Due to the multinational nature of air travel, the aviation industry is often subject to a broad range of international standards and legislations which, in turn, can affect the engineering behind the aircraft. In recent years, the industry has seen ever-increasing pressures to improve its environmental credentials and safety record. All of this whilst trying to reduce costs in line with low-fare airlines and an increasing demand from travellers for cheap flights to a wider range of destinations than ever before.

This page is the only place you need to go to find all the latest aviation engineering news including the latest airliners from the likes of Boeing and Airbus to new jet engines from Rolls Royce and updated systems being deployed in domestic and international airports. We’ll keep you up to date with the introduction of new airliners, the retirement of older models and who’s picking up key contracts to produce replacement global fleets across the commercial aviation industry.  

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Airliner storage sitrep

In part four of our Global Airline Report, we examine the situation relating to airliner storage

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Japanese KC-46A completes first refuelling sortie

The initial Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully refuelled another aircraft in-flight for the first time during a test sortie over Washington state on July 20

The world’s largest indoor aerospace testing facility

Rolls-Royce has officially opened Testbed 80. Mark Broadbent looks at what it offers and why in this case bigger really is better

British P-8A Poseidon MRA1 drops first torpedo

A recoverable exercise variant Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedo was dropped for the first time from a No 120 Squadron Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft over the Moray Firth, near RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland - the home of the RAF's P-8A fleet - in late July

USAF approves second KC-46A ICR milestone

The USAF’s Air Mobility Command approved another Interim Capability Release mission set for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker on August 5, marking the second such milestone to occur in less than a month

Norway's first P-8A Poseidon takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) performed its maiden flight on August 9. Taking off from Renton Municipal Airport, Washington with a destination of King County International Airport, Washington commonly known as Boeing Field

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The part of a Boeing 737 MAX made by Airbus

The two aerospace giants are arch-rivals and fiercely compete for orders. But as Key.Aero discovers, there’s one piece of the American airframer’s most popular airliner that’s actually made by its adversary

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When Boeing bought Airbus

Key.Aero explores the bizarre negotiation which involved Boeing buying aircraft made by its arch-rival and explains what happened to those airframes in the years that followed

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Mali’s second C295W ready for delivery

A second Airbus C295W is being prepared for delivery to the Malian Air Force to supplement its growing tactical transport fleet

Condor selects A330neo for fleet modernisation

The German leisure carrier plans to renew its long-haul roster with the next generation widebody

Aviation Engineering Companies

The aviation industry is made up of engineering giants including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream and Honda. Between them, they produce a wide variety of aircraft from single propeller craft and private jets through to the European short haul favourite, the Airbus A320 and long-haul behemoths like the Boeing 747.

This page will keep you up to date with the latest engineering news from these companies including ongoing projects, testing phases and maiden flights for new models. Be the first to find out which airlines are updating their fleets with the latest models and which manufacturer has secured the production contract.

To find out more on commercial aviation news take a look at some of our other related pages including Airport NewsAirport Technology and Commercial Aviation News.

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