Commercial Aviation News

The latest commercial aviation 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.

ITA Airways Airbus A220-100, A320neo and A330-900 News Premium

ITA firms up major Airbus order to overhaul fleet

The new Italian flag carrier has firmed up a huge Airbus order to overhaul its fleet of Alitalia hand-me-downs

Omni Air 767 News Premium

Omni 767 crew rejected take-off above V1 before brake fire

An Omni Air International Boeing 767 suffered a brake fire after the crew rejected a take-off above V1, a report by Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has found.

Dash 8-400 News Premium

Relaunched Flybe accepts first Dash 8-400

Newly resurrected regional airline, Flybe has taken delivery of its first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400.

Airbus delivers the highest-density A330 ever built

Airbus has handed over the first A330-900 to be configured with a 459-seat, all-economy class cabin

Saab 2000 overrun News Premium

UK and Sweden dispute NTSB findings on fatal Saab 2000 overrun

Conclusions of a report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into a fatal 2019 overrun involving a PenAir Saab 2000 have been disputed by Swedish and UK investigators.

Pulsar demonstrates UK-built rocket engine

UK nuclear fusion firm Pulsar Fusion has developed and tested its first launch-capable, high power chemical rocket engine

First Airbus-built Inmarsat-6 satellite shipped to Japan

The first Airbus-built Inmarsat-6, I-6 F1, satellite has been shipped from Airbus
in Toulouse to Tanegashima in Japan ready
for launch

The key moments of the Dubai Airshow you need to know

In the 21 months since the last major aviation trade event, the aerospace industry has endured one of its toughest ever periods. So, when the doors of the Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday, it was the clearest signal yet that the sector is starting to return to a degree of normality. Here, Key.Aero rounds up the highlights of the year's biggest show.

Flybe announces first crew base and HQ location

Relaunched regional airline Flybe has revealed the location of its company headquarters and first crew base

Emirates commits to SAF test flight

Emirates and GE Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a test flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by the end of 2022

Global 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 commercial 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, new airport technology and trends and aviation engineering.

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