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.

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Ethiopian Airlines’ A350-1000 order: What we know

Following a recent announcement that Ethiopian Airlines is set to become Africa’s maiden Airbus A350-1000 operator, we look closely at some of the all-important details released so far…

CONFIRMED: JetBlue wins battle to buy Spirit with $3.8bn deal

JetBlue Airways has reached a deal to acquire Spirit Airlines, hours after an alternative bid by Frontier Airlines was scrapped.

Condor confirms BLOCKBUSTER Airbus order

German holiday carrier Condor has unveiled plans for the modernisation of its narrowbody fleet with next-generation aircraft…

Embraer’s E195-E2 makes first London/City landing

London/City Airport has welcomed Embraer’s next-generation E195-E2 for the first time today (July 22)…

Alaska Air Group enhances Embraer’s E175 orderbook

Orders keep trickling through at this year’s busy Farnborough Airshow, this time with Alaska Air Group placing an order for more Embraer E175 examples.

Another Embraer E2 firm order from Porter Airlines

At the Farnborough Airshow, Canada’s Porter Airlines has today (July 19) placed a firm order for more examples of the Embraer E2 in a bid to “support [its] major expansion plan”.

ATR in major Japanese boost

ATR looks set for a major boost in the Japanese market after a Letter of Intent (LoI) for a large number of aircraft was inked at the Farnborough Airshow. Read on Key.Aero to find out more!

Delta Air Lines firms more Airbus A220s

On day two of the Farnborough Airshow, Delta Air Lines firmed up more orders for the highly popular Airbus A220.

ANA cements MAX order, selects 777-8F

There was cause for double celebration at Boeing on day 1 of the Farnborough Airshow after Japanese-based ANA HOLDINGS confirmed its order for the 737 MAX, as well as selecting the 777-8F.

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Boeing wins huge MAX buy from long-time Airbus buyer

The carrier has ordered 100 737 MAX jets with options for a further 30

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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