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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Boeing boost for UPS

The US-based package delivery giant has purchased more Boeing widebody freighters. Exact details can be found on Key.Aero…

Taiwan’s China Airlines in Dreamliner deal

It’s revealed the Taipei/Taoyuan-based company is to purchase the Dreamliner in a boost to its medium-capacity fleet. Find out more on Key.Aero…

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Dreamliner in Deutschland

The latest news about Lufthansa’s first Boeing 787, including when it will enter service and where it will be used

Wizz Air reveals TWENTY new routes to this Middle Eastern country

Europe’s fastest growing airline has announced enormous expansion plans in the Middle East. We reveal which country is getting 20 new scheduled links, plus frequencies, start dates and much more.

Which airline was the first to use Dublin’s new runway?

Dublin Airport has received a major boost after officially opening its north runway. Find out more about this major infrastructure project on Key Aero!

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Photo: First flight for Virgin A330neo

Spotted recently in the skies above Toulouse/Blagnac was F-WWCG (c/n 2018). The example is likely to be the first Airbus A330neo to be delivered to Virgin Atlantic.

Harbour Air completes first all-electric point-to-point flight

Harbour Air has successfully completed its first all-electric point-to-point test flight - Key Aero has the essential details on this pioneering sortie

Wizz Air U-turn on Russian flights

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has withdrawn plans to relaunch daily connections to Moscow, following criticism from international observers.

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Flybe plans winter expansion

The Birmingham-based regional carrier is set to grow its network to twelve destinations – read on to find out where…

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Air Astana recovery continues

Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana is in a jubilant mood after carrying 3.9 million passengers during the first seven months of the year, up 9% over the same period in 2021.

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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