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.

Why ATR is close to re-entering the Chinese market

The Franco-Italian manufacturer has reported several positive developments in China for its ATR 42-600 turboprop. Find out what here…

airBaltic records MAJOR milestone with its Airbus A220s

The carrier has confirmed an important milestone was reached with its fleet of Airbus A220-300s. Find out exactly what this was right here…

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ACCIDENT REPORT: Cause of British Airways 787 gear collapse confirmed

Authorities have concluded a major investigation into the events which resulted in the nose of a British Airways Boeing 787 hitting the ground. The Dreamliner, G-ZBJB (c/n 38610) was parked on Stand 583 at London/Heathrow when the incident took place on June 18, 2021.

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Cyprus Airways confirms new flights to TWO major European capitals

The Cypriot airline has revealed both routes are planned to start from next month. Find out which cities right now…

More Boeing 777s inbound to Emirates

It’s been revealed today (November 8) that the Dubai-based carrier is set to acquire even more Boeing 777s in the coming years. Find out the exact details here…

Ryanair reveals THREE new routes from Newquay

The Cornish gateway is set for a budget boost next year – and comes as Cornwall Airport Newquay sees its wider route network continue to expand. Find out more details here on Key.Aero…

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STARLUX receives its first Airbus A350

Thanks to the move, the Taiwanese airline has now introduced a second widebody type to its growing all-Airbus fleet – read more here on Key.Aero…

airBaltic begins scheduled flights to Africa

This morning (October 31), the Riga-based carrier added both a new destination and continent to its scheduled route map. Find out where on Key.Aero…

Loganair reveals a new London City service

The UK carrier plans to connect the Docklands gateway with a new destination via a one-stop service as part of its summer 2023 schedule. Find out more now…

Air Canada to add MORE A220s

The flag carrier has converted options into firm orders. Read more on Key.Aero now…

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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