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.

FedEx’s Maiden ATR 72-600F Spotted

The first ATR 72-600F for parcel giant, Federal Express (FedEx), broke cover at Toulouse’s Blagnac Airport on September 16. On the same day, the Franco-Italian-built turboprop, F-WWEX (c/n 1653), had its maiden flight.

Korean Air Strips 777 for a Reason You Might Not Think

Seoul/Incheon-Based Korean Air has roped in extra cargo support by converting its first passenger-configured Boeing 777-300ER into a temporary dedicated freighter.

BAE Systems to provide supersonic AS2 flight controls

British aerospace firm selected to supply the Aerion Supersonic with a flight control system for its AS2 business jet

Why is a TUI Airways 737 MAX flying across Europe?

The world’s largest charter airline is currently flying one of its Boeing 737 MAXs for the first time in 553 days. Here’s why…

Cathay Pacific to Park 40% of Fleet Overseas

Hong Kong flag carrier says it will continue to place its fleet into long-term storage as it reports sustained drops in passenger numbers due to COVID-19

London City Airport to cut up to 239 jobs

The East London facility has announced a restructuring plan which includes the loss of up to 239 roles across the organisation

Leeds Bradford News Premium

Leeds Bradford's Replacement Terminal Revealed

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has released new CGI images of its proposed replacement terminal, showing what passengers could expect if plans are approved.

Air New Zealand Reveals Fate of 777 Fleet

Kiwi flag carrier unveils its plans for its Boeing 777 fleet as it continues to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Iran Air is selling 12 aircraft, you won’t believe the prices

If you’ve ever wanted to own a Boeing 727, 747, Airbus A300 or A310 then now’s your chance. Iran Air is auctioning off its ageing Western fleet but while the prices are fairly affordable, there are several roadblocks to overcome.

IATA: 8,000 747s Needed to Move COVID-19 Vaccines

Global airline trade body urges governments to begin planning for vaccine distribution as it warns of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting by air

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.

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