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.

Finland and Estonia set to merge air traffic control services

The countries hope to improve environmental impacts and safety measures by monitoring aircraft at two centralised facilities

JetBlue inaugurates maiden A321neo Mint service

Ahead of its transatlantic debut later this year, the US carrier rolled out its new premium cabin on domestic services for the first time

CRJ ‘lands’ inside office building

Instead of dashing off to the desert, the regional jet has found an unusual final resting place

Boeing reveals ecoDemonstrator programme plans

Now in its tenth year, the five-month initiative aims to advance the progression of promising technologies by taking them out of the lab and into the sky

BREAKING: United goes supersonic with Overture order

The US carrier’s order is the largest to date for the high-speed jet

Cabo Verde reveals flight resumption plans

After nearly 15 months on the ground, the flag carrier is preparing to restart services

First VVIP 737 MAX delivered to customer

The outfitting of the cabin has taken around 14 months to complete

Airbus reveals production rate forecasts

In a bid to prepare suppliers, the airframer has issued an update to its production plans

Heathrow celebrates 75th anniversary

The hub is reflecting on its history by displaying memorabilia from passengers, employees and the public to mark the occasion

Qantas deploys Dreamliners on domestic flights

While international borders remain closed, the operator is increasing capacity on its internal routes

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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