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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Ditched Transair 737 recovered from ocean floor

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that major components of a Boeing 737-200 freighter which ditched in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii in July have been recovered.

Utah academics battle space debris with magnets

A team of academics is using magnets to tackle the increasingly pressing problem of space debris

UAE repurposing for Emirates’ first A380

Emirates has signed a contract with UAE-based Falcon Aircraft Recycling to upcycle and recycle its first retired A380 aircraft

100% SAF study launched

A group of French aviation industry stakeholders has launched the first study of single-aisle aircraft running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel

Engine core partnership for GE Aviation and NASA

Jet engine maker GE Aviation is partnering with NASA to research advanced engine cores for single-aisle aircraft

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FAA issues warning to Boeing 767 and 757 operators

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned operators of Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft about the potential for inadvertent pilot activation of the automated go-around mode.

Easy Aerial launches ultra-portable UAV ground station

Easy Aerial, a provider of autonomous drone-in-a-box solutions, has launched a new line of ultra-portable models of its aerial vehicle (UAV) ground stations

Middle East’s first five-bladed H145 delivered

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first five-bladed H145 to leaser Milestone Aviation and Oman’s sole commercial helicopter service provider, Al-Sharqiya Aviation

Boeing predicts growth in Russia, Ukraine and CIS demand

Boeing has predicted that airlines in Russia, Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will require 1,540 new aircraft by 2040

Airbus A220 Breeze Airways News Premium

REVEALED: Inside Breeze Airways’ Airbus A220 cabin

US airline Breeze Airways unveiled the first of its 80 Airbus A220-300s during a preview event at the final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.

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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