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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Latest passenger numbers at Manchester and Stansted revealed 

One of the UK’s biggest airport groups has posted its passenger figures for July – with mixed results across its three gateways. Key Aero has all the details!

Wizz Air to close Cardiff base over winter

Low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced its intention to suspend base operations and dramatically reduce its flight schedule at Cardiff Airport this winter.

New Zealand and US sign space deal

The New Zealand and United States governments have signed a framework agreement that they hope will drive further opportunities in space and enable closer collaboration with NASA

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Hard landing injures Southwest Airlines cabin crew

A Southwest Airlines cabin crew member suffered a serious spinal injury requiring medical attention after the aircraft in which they were flying landed heavily, according to a report published by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

India’s newest airline in first flight delight

The competitive Indian aviation market has a brand-new entrant following a first fare-paying flight by a fledgling airline…

JetBlue Airways expands transatlantic offering

JetBlue has kicked off its latest wave of Transatlantic expansion by opening a new non-stop connection between Boston and London/Gatwick.

IndiGo implements aircraft deboarding system via THREE doors

Indian low-cost giant IndiGo has introduced a new system allowing its passengers to disembark their Airbus A320 Family jets via three doors…

Etihad Airways firms its Airbus A350F order

In a move to “upgrade” its freight capacity, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has firmed its order for the Airbus A350F freighter.

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Emirates resumes flights to THIRD London airport

Gulf giant Emirates has resumed rotations to a third gateway serving the UK capital…

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First Australian carrier receives Boeing 737 MAX

In a milestone for Boeing, a 737 MAX has been handed over to an Australian-based airline for a first time. Find out more on Key.Aero!

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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