Commercial Aviation News

The latest commercial aviation 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.

Qatar Airways sues Airbus over A350 problems

Doha-based Qatar Airways has filed legal proceedings against Airbus at the High Court in London over a dispute relating to alleged fuselage surface degradation on some of the carrier’s A350 fleet.

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Why the final A380 flew to Dubai via UK airspace

Emirates received its 123rd Airbus A380 on December 16, bringing an end to the 16-year and 251-strong production run for the superjumbo. KeyAero explains why it took an unusual route to its new Dubai home base.

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Singapore Airlines sets sights on A350 freighter

Singapore Airlines inked a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for seven examples of the newly launched A350F freighter, plus options for five more.

Iceland’s PLAY goes transatlantic

Reykjavík-based low-cost airline PLAY has unveiled its plans to launch transatlantic services next year.

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S7 A321neo "stalled" during upset in severe icing conditions

An S7 Airlines Airbus A321neo stalled during an in-flight upset after take-off from Magadan/Sokol, Russian investigators report.

Who's placed four 737 MAX orders in nine months?

Which company has placed FOUR separate Boeing 737 MAX orders since March? Find out here

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Embraer scores big Australian eVTOL deals

Embraer’s urban air mobility off-shoot, Eve, has signed major deals with two of Australia’s smaller domestic carriers.

Simultaneous runway ops return

In a bid to “ensure stable flight operations”, simultaneous runway use resumed at Berlin/Brandenburg on the first day of December 2021.

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ITA firms up major Airbus order to overhaul fleet

The new Italian flag carrier has firmed up a huge Airbus order to overhaul its fleet of Alitalia hand-me-downs

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Omni 767 crew rejected take-off above V1 before brake fire

An Omni Air International Boeing 767 suffered a brake fire after the crew rejected a take-off above V1, a report by Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has found.

Global 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 commercial 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, new airport technology and trends and aviation engineering.

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