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.

London's Gatwick Airport set for Vueling expansion

Vueling is due to increase its presence at London/Gatwick, basing two aircraft at, and boosting its route network from, the West Sussex hub as part of a summer 2022 programme.

Frontier set for return to pair of airports

US-based Frontier Airlines has its sights set on a return to Chicago/Midway and Houston/Hobby this spring with a combined 13 new routes.

What's next for Airbus' Beluga STs?

With Airbus having placed four BelugaXLs into service on its inter-factory services, what's next for the company's first generation giants?

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Airlines hail ‘landmark day’ as UK moves to scrap Covid travel testing

The decision to remove Covid testing for fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England has been welcomed by UK airlines.

BREAKING: Embraer secures order for 20 E2 aircraft

In a welcome boost for the E2 programme, Embraer has just confirmed details of a major new order, with up to 50 jets heading to a US-based customer. Key Aero has all you need to know.

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FAA halts FedEx DIRCM plans

The US FAA has halted FedEx Express' plans to protect its aircraft against heat-seaking missiles

Kazakhstan violence: how has aviation been impacted?

Key.Aero has the latest on the state of commercial aviation within the Central Asian country after all scheduled services were suspended earlier in the month.

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Meet Hans Airways: Britain’s newest long-haul scheduled carrier

Key.Aero has all you need to know about this hugely ambitious new airline which looks set to become Britain's newest long-haul carrier

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ATSB opens Virgin Australia F100 crew incapacitation investigation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has opened an investigation into a cabin crew incapacitation event involving a Virgin Australia Regional Fokker F100.

Atlas Air buys four Boeing 777Fs

New York-based cargo airline Atlas Air has signed for four Boeing 777 Freighters, enlarging its fleet to 18 examples.

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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