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.

De Havilland Canada outlines Dash 8-400 freighter trio

Announcement includes Package freighter, quick change and dedicated freighter options

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EASA STC approval for IAI’s 737-800SF

Narrowbody passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions in Europe are set for a boost after Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) revealed its Boeing 737-800SF has received a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) supplemental type certificate (STC).

BREAKING: Emirates SLAMS Heathrow bosses in fiery statement

In a major intervention, the usually well-tempered Emirates Airline has blasted Heathrow management over what it calls “entirely unreasonable and unacceptable” demands.

Embraer details Farnborough line-up

The Brazilian airframer will be out in force at this year’s show

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A320 came within SIX FEET of terrain during Paris approach

An Airbus A320 escaped colliding with terrain by just 6ft (1.8m) while attempting to land at Paris/Charles de Gaulle, a preliminary report by French investigators has found.

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REVEALED: Virgin Atlantic showcase new ‘first class’ suites on A330neo

Virgin Atlantic has seriously upped the stakes in the battle for premium transatlantic traffic. The British airline held a swanky event in East London last night (July 12) to offer the first glimpse into its new Airbus A330neo.

Boeing outlines Farnborough displays

The US airframer will be showing off its latest commercial jets at 2022’s biggest trade show

Air Greenland halts ticket sales in July

Air Greenland has stopped the sale of airline tickets in July.

The American Airliner 1945-1965

Key Publishing’s Aviation Archive 64 chronicles the story of the American airliner between 1945 and 1965.

Virgin adds third Florida destination

The Crawley-based carrier will boost its connections to Miami and Orlando from November

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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