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.

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Boeing bags $9bn 737 MAX order from start-up Akasa Air

In a boost for Boeing, on day three of the Dubai Airshow, the airframer received a large order for 737 MAXs from Indian start-up carrier Akasa Air.

Jazeera Airways signs for 28 Airbus A320neos

On day three of the Dubai Airshow, Kuwait-based carrier Jazeera Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to 28 A320neo family aircraft.

ACH delivers vegan interior

Airbus Corporate Helicopters’ (ACH) design team has fitted the interior of an ACH145 with vegan materials

Blue Skies Space releases satellite renderings

Space-science-as-a-service firm Blue Skies Space has released renderings of Twinkle, its independent space science satellite

CargoBooking launches eMagic tool

CargoBooking.aero has launched a new online tool called eMagic, which it claims eliminates the need for manual processing
of email enquiries

Airbus announces first A350F customer

The Dubai Airshow has continued to bear fruit for Airbus as it announces the signing of a letter of intent (LoI) with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for 111 aircraft, the second largest order of this year’s event for the European airframer.

Emirates unveils order for two Boeing 777Fs

Emirates SkyCargo will induct two new Boeing 777Fs into its fleet and convert four of its 777-300ER passenger aircraft into freighters

Indigo Partners places huge order for A321neos

The Dubai Airshow got off to a good start yesterday (November 14) when Indigo Partners – an American private equity firm with controlling interests in low-cost carriers Wizz Air, Frontier, Volaris and JetSMART – announced an order for 255 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft.

New partnership offers customised air freight in Asia

Kerry Logistics Network (KLN) has partnered with My Jet Xpress Airlines to offer customised air freight options within Asia

Air bp begins aviation fuel venture in Iraq

Air bp has begun an aircraft fuelling venture with United Iraqi Company for Airports and Ground Handling Services at Baghdad International Airport

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.

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