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.

Icelandair reveals NEW US destination

The flag carrier has unveiled plans for a new addition to its routemap from the Midwestern United States. Find out which city now…

Atlas Air takes delivery of penultimate Boeing 747

The end of the Boeing 747 era has moved one step closer following the delivery of the second to last airframe.

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ATR turboprops to Uzbekistan

A new regional airline called Silk Avia is to acquire Franco-Italian-built turboprops. Read more here…

Boeing forecasts “strong demand” for air cargo services over next 20 years

The US manufacturer has released its projections for the air cargo market through to 2041. Find out further here…

More Airbus A330neos for Azul

The Brazilian airline has revealed plans for more next-gen widebodies. Find out here on Key.Aero…

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New German destination for Qatar Airways

The Qatari flag carrier added a fourth German city to its passenger route map.

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British Airways reveals BRAND-NEW destination in United States

Plans for a new transatlantic route have been unveiled. Due to launch from next Summer, it will become the flag carrier’s 27th US destination served directly from London. Find out where now…

JetBlue confirm NEW European destination

The US-based carrier plans to expand its transatlantic network with a highly anticipated destination next summer. Find out which city now by reading on Key.Aero…

Lufthansa unveils latest ‘Fanhansa’ special livery

The flag carrier has adorned one of its widebodies in the scheme which, today (November 14), transported the German national football team to the Middle East ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

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Silk Way West Airlines to add 777X

The Azerbaijani cargo carrier says acquisition of the brand-new widebody type will enable benefits including the further expansion of its international network.

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.

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