Commercial Aviation News

The latest 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.

Unusual plan for Brandenburg Airport revealed

Following nearly 15 years of construction and over £6 billion, Berlin Brandenburg Airport is scheduled to open on October 31 – and easyJet and Lufthansa will be marking the occasion in style…

Wizz Warns of Capacity Growth Freeze

The European low-cost carrier says travel restrictions imposed around its network could force a slow-down in its anticipated capacity ramp-up

European Regulator Reveals 737 MAX Recertification Plans

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week revealed its test flight schedule for recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Aer Lingus Regional begins new route from Belfast

Aer Lingus Regional has launched a new route from George Best Belfast City Airport.

Passengers of Overbooked Flight Sue Airline for £20k Private Jet Charter

Two passengers of an unnamed German airline have filed a lawsuit in a Düsseldorf court after they were bumped off an overbooked flight and organised a private jet charter to transport them to their destination.

Virgin Atlantic to Launch Flights to Pakistan

Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic has announced its plans to launch services to Pakistan for the first time from December this year.

New Aspen airline with a difference unveiled

A new Colorado-based airline which hopes to operate services to the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado from airports across the US has been launched.

NASA Achieves Engine Milestone in Quiet SST Project

Nearly 13ft (4m) long, 3ft (1m) in diameter and packing 22,000lbs of afterburner enhanced jet thrust, NASA has taken delivery of the engine it will use to power its X-59 QueSST aircraft

Brussels Airlines Bailout Gets Green Light

European regulators have approved a €290m (£261m) rescue package for Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines in a bid to stabilise its finances as it deals with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Next Regulator to Test 737 MAX Revealed

After the FAA’s string of flight tests in June, the next regulator to put the grounded jet through its paces has been revealed

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 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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