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.  

Third Airbus Beluga XL Breaks Cover

The third example of Airbus’ Beluga XL transport aircraft has been rolled out the paint shop in Toulouse for the first time.

25 Years of the Boeing 777

It was the first commercial aircraft designed on a computer. Now, a quarter of a century on from its first commercial flight, Thomas Haynes speaks to both Boeing and a retired pilot to find out what made the 777 so good – and what to expect from the 777X

US Navy completes Poseidon transition in active-duty units

Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40) “Fighting Marlins” has received its ninth and final Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, completing the US Navy’s transition from the Lockheed P-3C Orion in its active-duty units.

Delta's 'Mad Dogs' Make Early Exit

Delta Air Lines has operated its final McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 scheduled flights ahead of the type’s retirement. The final MD-90 service – aptly numbered DL90 – arrived in Atlanta from Houston on June 2 and the last MD-88 rotation returned from Washington/Dulles shortly after.

Boeing grows RAF Wedgetail industry team

Leonardo, STS Aviation Services and Thales have been selected by Boeing to join a UK-based industry team that will deliver five E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Royal Air Force (RAF).

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B-17 at 85: Maritime Hunter

Andrew Thomas outlines the significant role played by Boeing’s B-17 Flying Fortress
in Coastal Command’s battle...

Boeing Resumes 737 MAX Production

US aerospace manufacturer Boeing has restarted production of its 737 MAX at its Renton facility in Washington after halting construction in January following two fatal crashes involving the jet in the previous 14 months.

Air New Zealand Extends Network Reductions

Air New Zealand is extending its “minimal international operations” period through to August 31 in response to government travel restrictions and low demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Navy receives 100th Poseidon

Boeing has delivered its 100th P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the US Navy.

ZIPAIR Tokyo to Launch Cargo-Only Flights

The low-cost start-up airline ZIPAIR Tokyo, has revealed plans to launch cargo-only flights between Tokyo/Narita and Bangkok/Suvarnabhumi from June 3. The Japan Airlines subsidiary – which was unveiled last year – originally planned to begin passenger services from the Japanese capital to Bangkok and Seoul this summer.

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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