Commercial Aviation News

The latest 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.

Breeze Airways’ first A220 breaks cover as airline increases order

The airline disclosed an order boost while unveiling a striking scheme for the type

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EasyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz Air

The offer was disclosed as the carrier looks to raise £1.2 billion in a rights issue to bounce back from the pandemic

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Seized Jet Airways 777-300ER sold for ridiculously low price

The 2007 vintage widebody has been on the ground at Schiphol for more than two years

Helvetic completes first commercial E190-E2 service to London City

Embraer aircraft make up nearly 90% of all movements at the airport, while the new variant will nearly double the available range from the facility to more than 4,000km

Emirates to accelerate last A380 deliveries

The Middle Eastern airline hopes to have reintroduced the superjumbo on more than a dozen routes by October

BREAKING: Jet2 selects A321neo with its first ever Airbus order

After weeks of speculation, the airline selected the European airframer for its new narrowbodies

Air New Zealand reveals future fleet strategy

Kiwi flag carrier unveils long-term plans for its roster as it continues to deal with the impact of the pandemic

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Forgotten screwdriver tip triggered Jetstar A320 engine failure

An investigation by the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau discovered the tool may have been in the engine for more than 100 flights

Gatwick reveals Northern Runway plans

Bringing its existing Northern Runway into routine use will create more than 18,000 jobs and secure the airport’s future, says the London hub

Turmoil at Kabul airport as ‘last commercial flight’ departs

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 finally leaves after five hours on the ground but all airlines have now suspended operations

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 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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