2018 was a record-breaking year for the Aviation industry thanks to the colossal 45 million flights that were recorded last year. 2018 saw the addition of new planes and increased routes, making it quite the noteworthy year. If you missed some key moments and you’re looking for the cliff’s notes version, we’ve got you covered!

2018 was a monumental year for debuting new jets and unprecedented routes. On the cute side of the aviation industry, the Airbus unveiled their BelugaXL which not only is ultra-efficient but adorable, too. Don’t believe a plane can be cute? Watch the BelugaXL change your mind.

Qantas also raised the bar by offering the first-ever nonstop service between London, England, and Perth, Australia via its new 787-9 jet. They also created this awesome interactive dynamic on their site where you can explore the first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner.

Singapore Airlines, perhaps wanting to regain the title of world’s longest flight, relaunched their service from Newark, New Jersey to Singapore with a flight that clocks in at a little over 18 hours and uses jetstream for maximum efficiency. If you want to travel to the world’s greatest airport, Singapore’s Changi airport claimed that title for the 6th year in a row this year owing to the fact that it has a movie theater, swimming pool and copious amounts of dining options.

In 2018 Emirates added the 150th Boeing 777 into their fleet. One of the more unique new ideas to be talked about in 2018 was the advent of windowless planes that would replace the glass with fiber optic “virtual windows” on board select Emirates flights. It was definitely an exciting year in Aviation, we are looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring!