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.

Embraer Chief Exits to Join GE Aviation

John Slattery, the president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation is leaving the firm to join engine maker, GE Aviation as its new president and CEO.

Corsair’s Final 747 Heads for Kemble

The last Boeing 747 operated by TUI subsidiary, Corsair is today embarking on its final flight ahead of being broken up at Kemble Airport in the UK.

How Do You Restart an Airline? An Inside Look at Brussels Airlines

As countries begin to lift lockdowns and people start to travel again, airlines all over the world are coming out of hibernation and preparing to fly passengers once more.

Ryanair, BA and easyJet Launch Joint Legal Action Over Quarantine Measures

Three of Europe’s largest airlines have launched legal action against the UK government over its “flawed” 14-day quarantine measures.

Third Airbus Beluga XL Breaks Cover

The third example of Airbus’ Beluga XL transport aircraft has been rolled out the paint shop in Toulouse for the first time.

Coronavirus: Could this Machine Make Flying Safer?

Leading aerospace firm, Honeywell has revealed a new type of aircraft cleaning technology that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect cabins.

Boeing Delivered Just Four Jets in May, What Were They?

Seattle-based manufacturer, Boeing delivered only four airframes last month, against the backdrop of low demand for aircraft amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Air Traffic Showing Signs of Recovery

The number of daily flights in Europe edged above 6,000 per day for the first time since March 24, showing that the recovery in air travel across the region is beginning to take shape. Data from EUROCONTROL shows that on June 2, traffic levels increased above that figure and stayed there for four days in a row.

Eastern Airways Sets Sights on Southampton Restart

UK regional airline, Eastern Airways will resume its growing network of routes from Southampton Airport from June 22. The Humberside-based carrier is expected to relaunch an initial daily weekday service to Belfast/City, Manchester, Newcastle and Aberdeen followed by a further increase in destinations at later dates.

IAG Chief Threatens Legal Action Over Quarantine Rules

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways’ parent IAG, has said the group is considering taking legal action over the government’s mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving into the UK.

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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