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.

What do we know so far about the Ryanair Belarusian ‘hijacking’

The event drew widespread condemnation and could potentially cause sanctions to be imposed on the country. Key.Aero collates what is known about the unusual incident

Breeze Airways reveals first flights and route network

Nearly three years in the making, David Neeleman’s fifth airline start-up is nearly ready to take-off

KLM boosts European network with four new destinations

As the carrier prepares for the summer, the frequency and capacity of flights is set to increase

JetBlue reveals London schedule and pricing

The New York-based carrier is ready to begin its first foray across the Atlantic

New Icelandic low-cost airline ‘PLAY’ launches

As international travel resumes for Brits, a new airline has arrived on the scene with flights between the UK and Iceland

Brits flock to Portugal on first day of international travel

Faro looks to be one of the most popular destinations for travellers as 54% of its arrivals today are set to originate from UK airports

Ryanair reports record €815m full year loss

The budget operator saw its traffic numbers and revenue drop by more than 80% last year

Wizz Air reveals Cardiff launch date and destinations

The low-cost carrier expects to begin with eight routes while adding a ninth in October

Metroliner and Cirrus collide over Denver, both land safely

Dramatic images circulating on social media show the severely damaged turboprop

How an internet search helped cause dual A321 engine stall

Categorised as a “serious incident” by investigators, the simple mistake by engineers caused the powerplants to begin surging at just 500ft after take-off

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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