Dear ch-aviation community, I am happy to give you another update on all features and fixes our development team has released throughout September.


  • News Tags

We have added news tags. You can now filter our news by tags. Please choose from one of many news tags in the dropdown menu and search our news archive based on it. For example, available tags are ACMI/Charter, Aircraft Orders, Cargo, Low-Cost Carriers, Out of Business, and many more. If you are interested in a specific set of tags, save your search according to these tags and use it as a search template each time you want to filter out the news.

For example, if you track cargo markets these days, choose the „cargo“ tag, and the latest news on this topic will show up.  


  • Aircraft Location

You can now search for stored aircraft by airport where the aircraft currently is located. In the „Geographical“ column, enter the designated airport in the „Aircraft Location“ field and get a list of all stored, scrapped, derelict, maintenance, etc. aircraft there. You can add multiple locations to the aircraft location search list.

  • Operator type

You can now search aircraft by operator type. In the „Operator“ column, select the desired operator type in the „operator type“ field and get a list of all airlines of that type. For example, you can choose scheduled carriers, virtual carriers, passenger charters, and many more. You can also choose multiple operator types in the search list.

  • Aircraft availability

You can now choose between Sale, ACMI, or Lease when searching for available aircraft to filter out the type of availability. Filtering by these criteria will display all data related to aircraft availability, such as:

  • Company
  • Contact Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Available for Lease/ACMI/Sale
  • Listed Date
  • Available From


  • Additional columns to search result and download files

We have added new data fields to the aircraft search results. This was done based on requests from some customers who implement our data into their own internal databases or data warehouses. You can now download Aircraft IDs or Natural IDs from the aircraft search as well.

Each aircraft in ch-aviation’s fleets advanced database has a unique numerical aircraft ID (int(11)) and a natural ID combining production line and serial number (char(30)).

Airlines and operators are assigned a unique 2-3 character alphanumeric ch-aviation code (char(3)) that remains stable unlike IATA or ICAO codes which are changing at times.

Likewise, ch-aviation assigns a unique 4 character alphanumeric ch-aviation code (char(4)) to entities that are not airlines or operators themselves, such as aircraft owners, managers, cargo customers, airline holding companies etc.

We have also added more aircraft data fields, such as:

  • Number of Engines
  • Manufacturer
  • Delivery Year
  • Manufactured Year
  • Operator Country ISO Code
  • Operator ch-aviation Code
  • Former Operator ch-aviation Code
  • Delivery Operator ch-aviation Code
  • Future Operator ch-aviation Code
  • ACMI Customer ch-aviation Code
  • Location Airport Code
  • Location Country ISO Code
  • Cargo customer Entity ch-aviation Code
  • Manager Entity ch-aviation Code
  • Owner Entity ch-aviation Code

If you want to have an in-depth tour on these new features, please book a demo here.

Aircraft Lease End Dates:

Over the last couple of years we have built an extensive aircraft lease end-date database that we are now releasing.

The new aircraft lease end data is part of the ch-aviation fleets ownership module and will be displayed for every aircraft on an operating lease for which ch-aviation is able to provide confirmed dates or make projections. As a user, you will be able to look at expiring leases through 2030. This feature is a great addition to our aircraft finance data and our early 2020 release of Aircraft Valuations, which provides users with current market value and market lease rates for more than 28,000 aircraft in ch-aviation’s fleets database.

To be precise: We are now tracking Lease End Dates as well as Lease End Date ‘types’, down to a specific serial number. We are differentiating between Confirmed Lease End Dates, Minimum Confirmed Lease End Dates dates (if airlines only confirm that the aircraft will at least still be leased until a certain future year), and Estimated Lease End Dates as established by information provided airlines/lessors or estimations of our own.

On the module: Users of the ch-aviation fleets ownership module have direct, round-the-clock access to a comprehensive database of commercial aircraft in which they can set the necessary search parameters to filter for information they need. This module contains our full aircraft ownership data. It offers information such as the portfolio of lessors including the types and number of aircraft they own or manage. Our coverage currently extends to more than 1,000 aircraft legal owners worldwide as well as details on the underlying special purpose vehicles (SPVs) that own the aircraft with more being added every week.

In-Seat Video / In-Flight Connectivity

Two new features were released within the ch-aviation fleets advanced module. Our fleets database now tracks if each aircraft is equipped with in-seat video (with a breakdown by the cabin) and/or in-flight internet connectivity. We provide this data on a tail-by-tail level alongside other technical information, such as seating capacity, aircraft utilization, aircraft age, and engines installed — just to name a few.

In the aircraft tab, within the „Seating“ column, users will be able to search for the aircraft by „In-seat video“ or „In-flight Connectivity“, with simple YES or NO indicators. This way users will be able to filter whether seats are equipped with in-seat video or if the aircraft is connected.

On the module: The ch-aviation fleets advanced module is an extension of ch-aviation PRO, enabling you to access our detailed aircraft production lists with over 50,000 aircraft around the world currently being tracked, including engine information, utilization data, utilization forecasts, orders placed with all the large aircraft manufacturers, and additional valuable information.

Seeing a growing demand for airline data intelligence in these times of unprecedented changes in the industry, ch-aviation is speeding up our planned fleet data developments to deliver more data for our customers. Stay tuned for more upcoming, big releases which will add significant value for our ch-aviation PRO subscribers.

PRODUCT UPDATE WEBINAR: Join one of our product update webinars and learn how to use and find the new Lease End Date / In-Seat Video / In-Flight Connectivity Data. Please click HERE to subscribe.

The load of data and information is quickly growing at ch-aviation. And now we’ve developed a new tool to access information tailored just for you.

ch-aviation PRO users now have an access to the “My Regions” tool, accessible from your profile page. You can create your own list of data searches of regions with a list of countries:

After choosing the “Add region” option you are able to define the region name and attach the countries from the list to this region. Continent filter enables a quicker search. Simply click > to move countries of a specified region.

User-created regions are available using Airlines Search (requires ch-aviation PRO), Aircraft Search, Aircraft Order Search, Utilisation Search (requires ch-aviation fleets advanced), or Contacts Search (requires ch-aviation contacts). “My regions” will be added to other searches later.

We have also created a list of pre-defined regions available to use for every ch-aviation PRO user:

After selecting a specific region (or a few regions) you will get results filtered by this geographical criteria, for whatever type of data you are searching. This personalised filtering should enable you to focus on your area of interest for your business.

These new features are now available for ch-aviation PRO subscribers.

Stay tuned for future developments of ch-aviation. We are speeding up our planned fleet data developments to deliver more data for our customers . Feel free to use ch-aviation Ideas portal to suggest new features for ch-aviation.

At ch-aviation we are constantly adding new ways to access our world-leading aircraft database. And now we’ve added another improvement for ch-aviation fleets advanced subscribers – aircraft variant pages as an additional gateway to browse aircraft data.

The Aircraft Variant page is similar to the aircraft data page, but it gives you access to specific aircraft variant information.

The newly designed page provides technical data of the aircraft variant, including maximum passengers, maximum takeoff weight, speed and noise category. Additional data columns include IATA and ICAO codes, delivery locations, first-flight date, production lines, and cockpit crew data. Specific aircraft variants also have value estimations (available for ch-aviation ownership subscribers only) and operators table:

The aircraft variant page can be accessed from various pages, including the aircraft data page, where all variants for this aircraft are now listed; also aircraft detail pages, news articles where aircraft variants are mentioned, lessor portfolios and more.

Also, you will find links to aircraft variant detail information when using ch-aviation aircraft search and also charter aircraft search, utilisation search and other fleet related searches:

These new features are now available for ch-aviation PRO fleets and ch-aviation PRO fleets advanced subscribers (some data requires fleets ownership subscription too).

Seeing growing demand for airline data intelligence in these times of unprecedented changes in the industry, ch-aviation is speeding up our planned fleet data developments to deliver more data for our customers. Aircraft histories, lease-end dates, in-seat video, in-flight connectivity and much more data is coming for ch-aviation PRO subscribers in 2020.

With many passenger scheduled flights grounded due to reduced demand and government-imposed limitations worldwide, freight operators are seeking other ways to deliver cargo capacity. Some airlines are using their passenger aircraft with only belly capacity for cargo carriage.

We recommend following COVID-19 airline updates available for ch-aviation PRO subscribers for the latest updates. We have a special daily tracker called “Carriers deploy passenger aircraft as freighters.”

A more interesting move by some airlines is the quick conversion to additional cargo capacity by removing passenger seats from the cabin. A growing number of airlines around the world have begun reconfiguring their passenger aircraft as makeshift freighters, with cabin modification, to meet soaring demand for cargo capacity in the current COVID-19 global economic climate.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module enables you to search for such aircraft.

For example, this Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER, registered as C-FIVX, had seats removed and is now used to carry more cargo than using just the belly capacity. We set this aircraft in cargo role.

ch-aviation fleets advanced subscribers are able to search for passenger aircraft in cargo role. You can use our “Aircraft Search” feature and select passenger aircraft type or model (or family) with setting “Cargo” as aircraft role search criteria.

For example, as of May 4, 2020, such search returns results of two active aircraft, one A320 from “Air Serbia” and 1 A319 from “FlyBosnia.”

We played a bit more and did a quick search that lasted less than one second to see what Boeing 777-300ERs are now in active service with seats removed for cargo roles:

Such query results with seven aircraft from “Air Canada” and “Ethiopian Airlines”:

Our data researchers are updating fleet data every day. More and more airlines are in talks with aircraft manufacturers about the conversion of its passenger aircraft to freighters.

Development in the industry are now very rapid, so stay tuned with the latest updates available for ch-aviation PRO subscribers.

At ch-aviation we are running a powerful contact database with more than 10,000 airline management contacts (10,827 as of today, to be exact). More than 4,200 people are active as CEO-level contacts.

Over the last 12 months, we noticed that 376 companies changed their CEOs (they left, resigned, retired, were suspended or deceased). That means around 9% of CEOs changed from April 2018 to March 2019. That is a slight increase from the 338 changes in the previous period from April 2017 to March 2018.

In total, we made 2,404 role changes in our Contacts database from April 2018 to March 2019. Again, this is an increase from 2,195 a year earlier.

We expect this year will bring way more changes between airline management positions as the industry faces an unprecedented crisis. At ch-aviation, we track people changes in the industry for almost any active and start-up airline on the planet.

The contacts database is also used to deliver “Who’s on the Move” news — updates on new appointments, resignations and job changes in airline management. This feature currently celebrates its first birthday: We delivered “Who’s on the Move” in March 2019 and it’s had 290 updates since its launch.

We now have a special offer for new subscribers to get a “Starter Package” at The combo deal includes the ch-aviation PRO subscription with access to exclusive News from the industry, airlines database (including our famous start-up tracker) and airports database. It also includes online access to ch-aviation contacts (names, titles, email addresses, links to Linkedin accounts, etc.) with the recently introduced, powerful new Contacts Search feature (Contacts Downloads feature is optional).

Stay well informed – contact and get the subscription for the first year of “Starter Pack” for EUR1399. In times like these, it is important to stay up to date.

The offer is valid until 31st of May, 2020.

After we launched our redesigned Airline Search with hundreds of new options to filter the airlines you need, it’s time for enhanced access to another data set – Contacts.

At ch-aviation we are following more than 10,000 senior airline management contacts. As of now, information was only accessible through the tab in the airline profile, where you can check management contact information for almost any active and start-up airline on the planet.

But now Contacts also has new advanced search capabilities. You can access the Contact Search by choosing the second tab in the Airlines section.

The search form will be intuitive for anyone already using our Fleets search or Airline search. You are able to filter contacts by airline type, airline location, airlines fleet details or even engine details! Last, but not least, we included the option to search by personal details  like name or job title.

contact downloads

Search results are visible on the same page after a quick search. You are able to edit columns and add information you need for better results filtering. Any column also works as sorting criteria.

contacts download

New Contact Search capabilities are available for everyone who has an active ch-aviation PRO + Contacts subscription. If you are interested in this, please let us know and we will arrange a demonstration for you. Also, we offer trials so you can see how Contacts data can benefit your business.

And to help you keep track of job chages, these are reported on the „Who‘s on the move“ section under the News tab (included in ch-aviation PRO + Contacts subscription).

For a quick familiarization of this new Contact Search tool, you are invited to join one of these free online webinars:

From now on we offer an opportunity to download Contact Search results. You can edit the columns you need and get access to an unlimited number of downloads in Excel, CSV or JSON formats.

Contact Downloads are available for 750 EUR as an addition to your ch-aviation PRO + Contacts subscription.

Contact Downloads joins the list of other downloadable options of ch-aviation data. You can also download Fleets, Ownership and Airlines data. All these databases can integrate with your business intelligence systems, CRM or market monitoring tools. Please get in touch with us to see how these powerful additions can benefit your business.

We follow more than 10,000 organizations worldwide which are recognised as “an airline”. These are scheduled airlines, divisions, charter companies, virtual carriers, cargo airlines, business airlines, government companies or manufacturers and key suppliers operating aircraft for testing, production and other functions.

Some of these airlines are active, some of them are already out of business for different reasons, and almost 500 of the airlines we track in the world are start-ups (unfortunately, some of them will never start flying).

Last month, we gave you more power for airline search capability. All ch-aviation PRO users are now able to use multi-selection features which help you identify a list of airlines by type, location, aircraft or engine locations. All searches may be saved and reloaded later.

Now, we are adding additional information about the airlines we track.

Here’s the additional data fields you are able to view for the airlines:

Legal name;
Phone number;
Charter email;
Address (including city and country);
Links to the airline’s website, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter profiles;
Stock market code (if the company is listed);
Parent company (if it’s also an airline);
Historical data on any mergers (if applicable);
Charter availability;
Cargo carrier type;
Airline launch date;
Airline end data (if airline is not operating any more).

We also added some further specifics when tracking start-ups: description of the company, when company was added to our lists, when we last updated information and when the airline intends to start operations (indicated as a quarterly period).

This new airline data is available for free for all current ch-aviation PRO subscribers. ch-aviation PRO provides you with unlimited access to exclusive news, airline and airport databases.

As a new option, you are able to sign-up for the airline downloads function which will allow you to export any search results of airline data, complete with your selection of data columns. With our airline download module, our airline data is ready for instant and unlimited downloads either as Excel, CSV or JSON file. This is an optional subscription available at just EUR 200 per year. If you are interested in this, please contact us at

From now on, we are giving more power and functionality to all ch-aviation PRO subscribers: a new type of airline search.

At ch-aviation we follow more than 10,000 entities operating aircraft, although not all of these are what we’d traditionally identify as ‘airlines.’ Instead we call ‘airlines’ anything from national carriers to the list of companies or entities that own aircraft, including manufacturers, suppliers, governmental organisations and so on. We wanted to offer you a more powerful tool to be able to control and filter all this information.

The new airline search will be easy to use for all our “fleets advanced” module subscribers – as we have incorporated all the new features into the module’s aircraft search function. This means you are now able to use multi-selection features which will help you identify a list of airlines by type, location, aircraft or engine specifications. From now on, you’ll also be able to save your search parameters and “Load searches” from previously saved searches.

A quick look at the functionality of the new features:
1. Search by name or code, get lists by alliances, types and status (also available as multi-select option);
2. Filtering airlines by location (also with multi-select options);
3. Search lists of airlines by aircraft or engine details (multi-selections also possible);
4. Filter smaller or larger airlines by your specified parameters: minimum (or maximum) number of aircraft in the fleet or aircraft size measures;
5. You are able to search any combination of parameters or also load search filters from previously used searches;
6. You can edit the columns you want to see in search results: choose any combination to save and you’ll have the ability to view these again later.

This new airline search functionality comes free of charge for all current ch-aviation PRO subscribers. ch-aviation PRO provides you with unlimited access to exclusive news, our airline database and our airport database.