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.

Repsol and Iberia announce biofuel first

Iberia and Spanish energy giant Repsol have made the first flight using biofuel produced from waste in Spain

ANA signs MOU with Virgin

ANA Holdings, owner of ANA All Nippon Airways, is to be the exclusive distributor of Asia’s first air-launch service

Boeing 737-200 News Premium

An ex-Delta 737 for £2,500? Kenya to auction 73 abandoned aircraft

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has invited interested bidders to a public auction of uncollected derelict aircraft.

Airbus Scale unveiled

Airbus has launched Airbus Scale, a new innovation unit that brings together corporate innovation, start-up engagement and company building activities

Bombardier celebrates Texas apprentices

Ten of the first cohort in Bombardier’s apprenticeship and training programme in Red Oak, Texas, have graduated

Savback makes Nottingham its UK home 

Savback Helicopters is to open a UK base at Nottingham Heliport in the East Midlands as it continues its expansion in Europe

Boeing 757 News Premium

Trump’s 757 returns to the skies after two years on the ground

Former President Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757 has returned to the skies for the first time since 2019.

Commercial space station project announced

Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have announced plans to develop the first-ever free flying commercial space station

Sustainability testbed tackles contrails

Cambridge-based tech firm Satavia is working with Etihad to explore how to avoid producing contrails

AerCap buys GECAS

Irish lessor AerCap has acquired GECAS in a transaction that makes it the industry’s largest leasing company

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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