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.

EasyJet Hit by Cyber Attack Exposing 9m Customers’ Details

Low-cost carrier, easyJet has revealed that the personal information of nine million customers was accessed in a cyber security incident. Describing the attack as “highly sophisticated”, the company says it took immediate steps to respond as soon as it became aware of the issue.

Cessna SkyCourier Takes Flight

Textron has successfully flown its latest offering from the Cessna stable – the twin-turboprop 408 SkyCourier. The Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered freighter has been specifically developed to carry three LD3 unit load devices per the requirements of FedEx Express, which has orders for 50 examples and options to double that number.

O’Leary Fury at ‘State-Aided Junkies’

European low-cost carrier, Ryanair has said that it will use the COVID-19 crisis as a vehicle to reduce its cost base in a bid to emerge from the pandemic stronger. Michael O’Leary, the airline’s CEO told an investor conference call, attended by Airliner World, that it now had to compete with “state-aided junkies” such as Alitalia and Lufthansa which he said will be engaged in below cost selling once flying resumes.

Delta Accelerates Fleet Retirements

In an effort to reduce cash burn amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Air Lines has revealed that it will retire all its Boeing 777s from its fleet by the end of 2020. Bosses at the firm have described the move as “strategic” saying they are making “cost-effective” changes to respond to the impact of the pandemic.

Boom Supersonic Mounts Wings to XB-1 Demonstrator

Denver-based start-up Boom Supersonic has successfully mounted the wings to the fuselage of its XB-1 demonstrator aircraft. The process is the next step in the company’s journey to develop a scale version of its production supersonic passenger airliner Overture.

Schiphol Trials ‘TaxiBot’ Semi-Robotic Taxiing System

One of Europe’s busiest airports has used the slowdown in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to test out a new way of getting aircraft from the gate to the runway. TaxiBot, which has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is a pilot-controlled tow vehicle that allows the aircraft’s engines to remain turned off during the taxi, consequently producing fuel savings.

Azul Announces Embraer E2 Deferral

Brazilian carrier Azul Airlines has reached an agreement with Embraer to defer the delivery of 59 E195-E2s until at least 2024. Deliveries of the next generation narrowbodies were expected to start this year and continue through to 2023.

IATA: Two Thirds of Travellers Won’t Fly with Quarantine Rules

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging governments to find alternatives to arrival quarantine measures, after a survey it conducted found that 69% of travellers would not consider flying if it involved a 14-day isolation period.

Embraer Blames Failed Boeing Deal for Delivery Downturn

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer delivered five commercial aircraft in the first quarter of this year, a drop of more than half compared to the same period in 2019. The firm said its figures were “negatively impacted” following preparations for a collapsed joint-venture deal with Boeing.

Qatar Airways is Giving Away 100,000 'Free' Tickets from Today

Qatar Airways is set to hand out 100,000 free round-trip tickets to healthcare professionals as a way of saying thank you for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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