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.

Qantas Begins 747 Farewell Flights

Australian flag carrier Qantas has begun its programme of farewell trips in its last Boeing 747 ahead of the type’s retirement from airline service on July 22.

Aerion moves forward with green fuels for AS2

US-based supersonic aircraft manufacturer, Aerion, has teamed up with Carbon Engineering – a Direct Air Capture (DAC) specialist – to develop solutions that will lead to carbon-neutral supersonic air travel.

Blue Islands Unveils Bounce Back Plans

Guernsey-based airline Blue Islands has announced its plans to restore key routes lost at Southampton Airport following the collapse of Flybe in March.

Etihad Reveals COVID Rebound Plans

Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has begun to expand the number of destinations it serves as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) eases travel restrictions on citizens and residents.

Helvetic Hails E-Jet Delivery Flight Record

Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways has broken the record for the longest distance flight in an Embraer E190-E2.

Fancy a Trip on Qantas' Final 747 Flight? Here's How

Australian flag carrier Qantas has unveiled a programme of events to mark the retirement of its final Boeing 747.

FAA Completes 737 MAX Certification Flights

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed a series of test flights for the Boeing 737 MAX that took place over the last three days.

Why PIA is Operating Flights to Europe After Being Banned

Today is the first day of a six-month ban on European flights for Pakistan’s national carrier as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) yesterday withdrew its Third Country Operator (TCO) authorisation.

BA Joins the Dreamliner Trio Club

British Airways has received its maiden Boeing 787-10, G-ZBLA (c/n 60637), after the widebody arrived at its London/Heathrow base on June 28.

Virgin Australia Finds a Buyer

US private equity firm Bain Capital has won the bid to buy Virgin Australia after the airline fell into administration in April, due in part to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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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