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.

BREAKING: Hi Fly to end A380 operations

As a result of the pandemic, the wet-lease specialist is dropping the world’s largest commercial airliner in favour of a smaller alternative

Ryanair reveals plan for 737 MAX service entry

While announcing significant financial losses, the low-cost carrier set out its service entry schedule for the embattled jet

Delta retires final Boeing 777

The American carrier’s last remaining Triple Seven bowed out over the weekend with a transcontinental service

Mitsubishi to “temporarily pause” SpaceJet development

After reports earlier this week in Japanese media, the firm revealed today that it would temporarily stop the development of its regional jet programme

Russia’s last civil Tu-154 performs final flight

The end of an era as the country’s last commercially operated Tu-154 conducts its final flight

Boeing 777-300ERSF Launch Operator Revealed

The launch customer for the world’s largest twin-engine freighter has been unveiled

EasyJet sells nine A320s, here’s how much the buyers paid

In a bid to raise cash to help it through the winter, the low-cost carrier agrees the sale of some of its A320 Family aircraft

World’s first A321P2F enters service with Qantas

After nearly two years of work, the jet was delivered to the flag carrier for use on behalf of Australia Post

CONFIRMED: Negus BA 747 to be preserved at Kemble

A second jumbo operated by the Heathrow-based carrier is saved from the scrapheap

Airbus delivers first US-built A220

The airframer handed over the A220 to Delta Air Lines just under two years after it broke ground on the Alabama facility

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.

Keep on top of the latest news from the rest of the aviation industry including airport news and aviation engineering.

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