Commercial Aviation News

The latest news and analysis about new airlines and airliners entering service, new routes being opened up by the world’s many carriers, their cabin offerings, and many other topics can be found here. From the future of one long-haul aircraft type to the retirement of another, the mix of airliners that the airlines operate is changing.

Airlines continue to grow in number in Asia while Europe sees operators fold in their challenging mature market but new routes between the two continents continue to be opened. Alliances between airlines shift and mergers have seen fewer airlines in North America while carriers in the Far East have proliferated. Despite China’s dominance in manufacturing and a strong export sector, air freight has stagnated on long-haul routes while internet shopping boosts the industry’s short-haul profitability.

Airlines are constantly having to adopt new technologies and tactics to deal with increasing volumes of passengers, security threats and environmental challenges. More and more biofuels are being approved for use and airlines in recent years have used them for revenue earning flights, while also investing in the most efficient engines.

Corporate and Business Aviation News

On this page you will find the latest news on airlines expanding their fleets and changes in aircraft types, covering a wide range of airlines, countries and regions, whether it’s the growing regions of Asia and Africa or the more mature markets of Europe and North America.

Bangladesh’s PT-6 Props in Force

Thomas Newdick

AFM contributor Mario Flores recently captured this impressive footage of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) PT-6 piston-engine trainers in rehearsal for the flying display that will mark 100 years since the birth of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country’s first president.

Thomas Newdick

Flybe Collapse: Which Airports are Hardest Hit?

Tom Allett

With Flybe comprising almost the entire commercial air schedule at some UK gateways, Airports International editor Tom Allett examines the facilities which will feel the impact most. 

Tom Allett

Coronavirus: Global Airports Respond to COVID-19

Thomas Haynes

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, airports are at the frontline of the mission to stem the spread of the virus. Thomas Haynes examines the effects of the virus on the industry and what is being done to control the spread.

Thomas Haynes

A330-800 Receives Regulatory Greenlight

Thomas Lee

The European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration have awarded the Airbus A330-800 a joint type certificate.

Thomas Lee

North American Aviation archive finds a new home

Steve Beebee

Original World War Two-era engineering drawings shown to the public for the first time.

Steve Beebee

Royal Thai Air Force orders H135s

Khalem Chapman

Airbus Helicopters has announced that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has placed an order for six H135s for use as military training helicopters under its pilot training enhancement programme.

Khalem Chapman

Elbit Systems to provide TF/TA systems for KF-X

Khalem Chapman

Israeli-based Elbit Systems has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Hanwha Systems to provide Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance (TF/TA) systems for the South Korea's KF-X next generation fighter.

Khalem Chapman

Air Italy in Voluntary Liquidation

Thomas Lee

Air Italy ceased operations with immediate effect on February 11 after its shareholders, Alisarda and Qatar Airways through AQA Holding, chose to liquidate the company citing “persistent and structural market problems”.

Thomas Lee

Korean Air Consolidates P&W Relationship

Gordon Smith

Korean Air has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G to power its upcoming fleet of Airbus A321neos.

Gordon Smith

Batik Air Welcomes Airbus A320neo

Thomas Lee

INDONESIAN OPERATOR Batik Air has accepted its first Airbus A320neo, PK-BDF (c/n 9505).

Thomas Lee

Airlines are also examining new technologies and greater fuel efficiencies on the ground with electric power for taxiing. When passengers board the aircraft they have their faces recognised by a computer instead of airline staff checking boarding passes. Security threats were once hijacking terrorists, but now conflict zones’ airspaces are to be avoided and virus carrying passengers pose a problem for crew and customers alike.

Airlines across the planet are expanding their fleets and sometimes ordering as many aircraft as they have in service or even up to two to three times more. The aim of many airlines is to have the youngest fleet with the most efficient engines, and that may see a mix of orders and leasing. Aircraft development is seeing more truly international collaboration, from Airbus absorbing the Bombardier C series to Boeing and its joint venture with Brazil’s Embraer. Markets are seeing strategic manoeuvres by major players.

In business aviation, the corporate jet market aimed at the time constrained executive is being teased with supersonic jets that could enter service in the 2020s. This market is also seeing onboard technical improvements so aircraft can be tracked anywhere over land and oceans. The larger the corporate jet, the more valuable the asset to be tracked and secure. Another trend in the market has been more demand for larger business aircraft and that is set to continue well into this decade. These larger aircraft are also adopting new features aimed at passenger wellbeing with lower altitude cabin air pressures and lighting that compliments the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

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