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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Alaska Airlines announces its BIGGEST Boeing order yet

The US-based carrier is exercising options for the Boeing 737 MAX. Find out all the detail here…

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What’s the future fleet outlook for Air Astana?

Discover what the future fleet outlook is for the Kazakh flag carrier, regarding both narrow- and widebody types, by reading here on Key.Aero…

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Cyprus Airways reveals updated livery

The Cypriot carrier has given its aircraft branding a refreshed look. See here for pictures and more...

Korean Air A330 runway overrun: what we know so far

A Korean Air Airbus A330-300 overran the runway after landing at Mactan/Cebu International Airport in bad weather.

Heathrow to gain new direct flights to Africa

The Rwandan flag carrier is poised to replace its previous indirect routing to the UK capital shortly. Read more here…

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Jet2.com snubs Boeing with BIG new Airbus order

The UK-based leisure carrier continues to increase its orderbook with the European manufacturer. We’ve the full details…

ITA Airways introduces Airbus A220 into service

The Italian carrier has initially put a pair of Airbus A220s into fare-paying service – with more jets to follow soon…

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Virgin Atlantic accepts maiden Airbus A330neo

The Crawley-based carrier has welcomed a new widebody type to its fleet. Read more here…

Are Emirates Airbus A380s coming to Stansted?

In a first for the Essex gateway, a double airbridge has been introduced – which is capable of being used to access the upper deck of Airbus A380s. Find out more here…

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ATP Flight School in BIG Cessna Skyhawk order

America's largest flight school will boost its Cessna Skyhawk contingent. Find out the latest developments here…

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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