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.

Toronto switches to time-based approach 

The Canadian hub is the first North American airport to use the technique

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Could Wizz Air have a hydrogen future?

Two of the biggest names in European aviation have inked a deal to examine the practical potential of hydrogen-powered aircraft.

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Boeing 747 back on UK register

There’s a jumbo back on the ‘G-DASH’ after a break of little more than two months

First of Embraer E190 pair goes Sky High

Expanding Sky High Aviation has become the sole E-Jet operator based in the Caribbean after taking delivery of its first Embraer E190 to double its passenger capacity.

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Transavia Boeing 737 attempted take-off on Schiphol taxiway

Dutch air safety authorities have published a highly critical report into events leading to a jet attempting take-off from a taxiway at Schiphol Airport

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Nepal plane crash latest: 22 dead, no survivors

Emergency rescue teams in Nepal have retrieved the final body from the wreckage of a small passenger aircraft which crashed on Sunday

Norwegian plans large Boeing 737 MAX purchase

Low-cost firm Norwegian Air Shuttle has today (May 30) revealed it has come to an “agreement in principle” with Boeing regarding recommitment to buy a large amount of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

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Norse Gatwick flights – launch info revealed

The latest transatlantic challenger airline has confirmed when it will start flying from London.

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New consultation on Gatwick expansion plans

Bosses at London/Gatwick have confirmed there will be a further consulting period linked to the airport’s expansion proposals.

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Manchester adds Middle Eastern link

The Northwest hub now offers routes from six Gulf airlines

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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