News about commercial airlines, including regulations, aircraft orders, safety, acquisitions, and mergers.


Dutch Airport Partners with Flyvbird for On-demand Air Taxi Services

Flyvbird is building a regional network of small airports in Europe
A digital rendering of's eSTOL aircraft decorated with Flyvbird's logo

Virgin's SAF Transatlantic Flight is COP28 Prelude

The air transport industry aims to demonstrate SAF's potential as political skepticism surrounds UN gathering in the UAE
A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 flew from London to New York on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel

Spanish Airline Commits To Operating Electric Aircraft

The regional airline will buy 10 electric propulsion conversion kits
Air Nostrum and Dovetail Electric Aviation

Airbus Lands More Orders For A350 Airliners

Emirates Airlines will add 15 more of the long-haul widebody jets to its fleet
Emirates Airline's Airbus A350-900 aircraft
Training and Workforce

Flydubai and CAE To Establish Flight Training Center

The new facility expected to open in January 2025
Flydubai's new flight training cente

Schubeler To Provide Propulsion Systems for Bellwether eVTOLs

Companies have collaborated on Bellwether's Antelope and will work on the Oryx
Bellwether's Oryx eVTOL aircraft

Air Arabia Orders 240 Leap-1A Engines

Leap engines have logged 40 million flight hours and 18 million cycles
CFM Leap-1A engine

DHC Supplies Advantage Air With Dash 8-400 Kits

Cargo operators take advantage of the Dash 8-400's versatility
Advantage Air and DHC deal Dubai Airshow 2023
Maintenance and Modifications

Emirates Invests $950 Million In Dubai Maintenance Facility

The new MRO basis could support third-party carriers as well as the Emirates fleet
Emirates new maintenance facility at Dubai World Central

Ethiopian Goes Back to the Max

Ethiopian Airlines has ordered more 737-8s after suffering a tragic crash in 2019
Boeing Ethiopian deal at Dubai Airshow 2023

A350 To Spearhead Egyptair Fleet Expansion

The North African carrier has ordered 10 of the A350-900 widebodies
Egyptair is adding Airbus A350s to its fleet

Scat Airlines To Double Fleet with Seven-Max Order

Kazakhstan's Scat looks to open new routes with the additional aircraft
Scat Boeing 737 Max
Maintenance and Modifications

Gulf Air Extends MRO Partnership with Joramco

Joramco has provided heavy maintenance for the Bahrain carrier for the past decade
Gulf Air and Joramco sign MRO contract extension

AirBaltic Places Firm Order for Thirty A220-300s

The first Airbus A220-300 delivery will happen in 2026
Airbus AirBaltic order

Saudi Arabia’s Airport Plans Challenge Regional Status Quo

Goldman Sachs says the Saudi government is budgeting up to $50 billion for the construction of King Salman International Airport
King Salman International Airport Masterplan, Saudi Arabia

Boeing Sees Big Airline Fleet Growth From Middle East

The airframer says the region's bounceback from Covid is fueling demand
Boeing 777X at Dubai Airshow 2023

Qatar Airways Enters New Era as Al Meer Takes Helm

Akbar Al Baker's retirement after 27 years opens door for new generation of leadership
Retired Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and new CEO Badr Al Meer

High Hopes and Conflict Concerns Mark Dubai Show Opening

Orders from Emirates and Turkish airlines could be on the cards at Dubai Airshow
UAE’s Al Fursan (Knights) MB-339As and an Emirates Airbus A380

Riyadh Air Taps IBM Consulting

IBM is creating a hybrid cloud-based technology base for the carrier’s impending global operations.
Riyadh Air
Maintenance and Modifications

Refurbishment Programs Drive Need for Third-Party MRO Help

Aging airliner fleets are driving growth in maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the Middle East region
Turkish Technic and the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Middle East Airline Fleet Replenishment Slowed By Program Delays

Today, 795 Airbus aircraft fly in service in the Middle East region compared with 727 for Boeing.
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
Maintenance and Modifications

Embraer Expands BizJet Support and Services Business

The Brazilian airframer is expanding its aftermarket service capabilities
Embraer executive jet at maintenance facility

Jefferies: Pilot Shortage Still Looms Despite ATP Growth

ATPs up 34 percent, but pilot supply still short
data comm united pilots  (Photo: Bill Carey)

USAF Contract Boosts JetZero's Blended-wing Body Design

JetZero promises to halve fuel burn and emissions
JetZero's blended-wing body aircraft

XTI Seeks Inpixon Merger To Fund TriFan VTOL Aircraft

The turboshaft-powered aircraft would have longer range than eVTOLs
XTI's TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft

Surf Air Wipes Out as Stock Listing Tanks

Stock market cool to electric air mobility company's stock listing
Surf Air Mobility's hybrid-electric Cessna Caravan

Tamarack To Install SmartWing Winglets on SkyAlps Q400s

SkyAlps plans to field a fleet of 14 Q400 turboprops modified with Tamarack winglets and upgraded avionics.
Tamarack Eco-SmartWing winglets

Riyadh Air Fleet To Adopt ‘Dual-Livery’ Designs

Saudi start-up Riyadh Air, which continues to consider a narrowbody jet option, is presenting one of its liveries on a Boeing 787 in Paris.
Riyadh Air lavender-indigo livery on Boeing 787

Airlines Double-down On Fleet Expansion and Replacement

Airbus, ATR, Boeing, and Embraer all collected multiple aircraft orders on Tuesday at the Paris Airshow.
Paris Air Show 2023

Airbus Increases Maximum Payload of the A350 Freighter

The Airbus A350XWB made its debut at the Paris Air Show June 2013 and has collected nearly 1000 orders for the -900, -1000 and the freighter versions.
Airbus has increased the maximum payload of the A350F to 111 tonnes, 2 tonnes more than at the launch of the aircraft in 2021.