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.

Ryanair: Queuing for the Toilet to be Banned

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has revealed that as part of its plans to reintroduce 40% of its normal flight schedules from July, passengers will no longer be allowed to queue for the toilet. Instead they will have to request permission from a crew member.

Willie Walsh: UK Quarantine Raises Relaunch Doubts

The chief executive of British Airways’ parent group IAG has said the company will need to review its plans to relaunch flights after the British prime minister Boris Johnson revealed proposals to implement a 14-day quarantine period for passengers arriving into the UK by air.

Coronavirus: Willie Walsh Warns of Further Cuts

The owner of British Airways has warned that further group wide restructuring will be “essential” for its survival and that it could take up to three years for passenger demand to return to normal.

Coronavirus: IATA Warns Against Leaving Middle Seats Empty

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said it does not recommend that airlines leave the middle seats empty on flights, as they argue that such a measure offers few safety benefits and doing so, would stunt operators’ ability to turn a profit.

Work Begins on World's First A380 Freighter

German MRO provider Lufthansa Technik has revealed that it is conducting its first operational change on an Airbus A380. The firm is supporting an undisclosed customer with a passenger-to-freight conversion of the type, as the COVID-19 pandemic fuels a global cargo capacity shortfall.

Qantas Places Project Sunrise on Hold

Australian flag carrier Qantas has shelved its plan to launch a series of new record-breaking nonstop routes and will review its international fleet due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel.

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic Announces Radical Survival Plan

Virgin Atlantic has revealed plans to cut up to a third of its workforce, ground its Boeing 747s immediately and close its Gatwick base as the airline scales back its operations in a bid to secure its future amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Norwegian Shareholders Approve Rescue Plan

Investors of the embattled carrier Norwegian Air have voted in favour of a plan which will see the airline convert its debt to equity in a bid to secure its future amid the COVID-19 crisis. The approval will also unlock the rest of a NOK 3bn (£230m) bailout package from the Norwegian government.

Which Aircraft is Leaving Air Canada with Immediate Effect?

In a bid to reduce its costs, Air Canada is accelerating the retirement of 79 older aircraft from its fleet including the Boeing 767, Airbus A319 and Embraer E190, with the latter exiting immediately. The decision comes as the flag carrier revealed a C$1bn (£599m) net loss for the first quarter, compared to a C$345m (£197m) profit for the same period last year.

Coronavirus: Airbus Confirms New Cargo Pallet System

European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus is developing a conversion system that will allow freight pallets to be installed on the cabin floor of the A330 and A350 widebody passenger aircraft. The solution will enable airlines to mount cargo shipments to the seat tracks following the removal of the economy-class seats.

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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