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.

Jet2 A321 escorted by two RAF Typhoons

A Jet2.com Airbus A321 inbound from Dalaman has been intercepted by two Royal Air Force Typhoons.

British Airways reveal new domestic destination from London City Airport

The Docklands gateway is to be connected with an additional Scottish destination this winter. Find out more…

VIDEO: Boeing 747 Dreamlifter loses wheel during take-off

A modified Boeing 747 used to transport the manufacturer’s 787 aerostructures appears to have lost a wheel during take-off.

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Want to own an airline? Loganair is up for sale!

The UK’s biggest regional airline is looking for a new owner. Loganair has confirmed that it has appointed advisors to help the company find buyers for the Glasgow-based carrier.

Why British Airways flight 800 diverted to Aberdeen

A British Airways flight diverted into Aberdeen this morning (October 11) while on route to Reykjavík/Keflavík airport in Iceland.

More Boeing 737 MAX jets for LOT Polish Airlines

The flag carrier is to increase its fleet of the next-generation narrowbody type this month. Find out more…

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Startled and distracted 737 crew forgot to set full take-off thrust

The first officer of a Jet2 Boeing 737-800 inadvertently set the wrong thrust setting for take-off after being startled by the unexpected movement of the aircraft during an engine run-up procedure, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

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Embraer’s E2 orderbook increase

The Brazilian manufacturer has revealed new commitments for its E2 family of jets at the Istanbul Airshow 2022. Find out more…

CONFIRMED: Virgin Atlantic scraps Hong Kong route

The UK carrier has confirmed today (October 5) that it will not resume flights to Hong Kong – having served the city for nearly three decades.

Air Canada reveals new transborder routes

The flag carrier will boost its services to the United States thanks to new connections planned from December. Find out where 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.

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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