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.

UK government launches testing for international arrivals

Following months of repeated pleas by the travel industry, the UK government has revealed a plan to reduce the length of travellers’ mandatory quarantine in England

Southern Air 777F suffers stall alert on JFK departure

Shortly after take-off, the heavily loaded widebody experienced a low-speed incident on climb out

BA is now selling 747 cabin items and tableware

For the first time, the Heathrow-based airline is allowing customers the opportunity to purchase its premium selection of onboard items including, crockery, tableware and trolleys

Southwest reveals 737 MAX return plans

Following the decision by the FAA to un-ground the jet, the American low-cost carrier set out its approach to getting the type back in the sky

Why Wizz Air A321 aborted take-off at V1

An AAIB report finds that pitot probes had become blocked by something the size of a grain of rice…

FAA clears Boeing 737 MAX to resume operations

The US aviation regulator has given the green-light for American carriers to restart operations with the embattled jet

Boeing 737 MAX set for US approval tomorrow

The embattled jet moves closer to returning to the skies with green light imminent

Alitalia set for South American shake-up

Alitalia is poised for a return to two destinations in South America following a nine-month suspension due to the COVID-19 crisis.

United Airlines announces JFK U-turn

Bosses at United Airlines have confirmed the carrier will resume flights from New York/John F Kennedy on February 1, 2021 following an absence of more than five years.

Emirates launches A380 ‘mini-freighter’ charters

Emirates SkyCargo – the freight management division of the Dubai-based carrier – has introduced bespoke charter operations using its Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

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.

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.

Keep on top of the latest news from the rest of the aviation industry including airport news and aviation engineering.

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