Planes divide the Fortnite community like nothing else. Some players liked them, other players hate them. It’s hard to deny their utility though, and their removal in v8.0 has made it harder to get around the map. Especially if your drop spot is far away from a cannon or vent.
At the end of Season 7, planes were mostly harmless. The chief complaints revolved around player and structure damage. Epic minimized both of these issues in later patches. Removing the ability to damage structures solved a lot of the plane’s meta problems. Epic candidly reduced the turret to nothing more than a pea shooter. At the end of it’s life, the plane was nothing more than a vehicle. A fast, fun to use vehicle.
Newly discovered files may point to it’s return. Reddit user “kspaar” has discovered two plane-related audio files from the 8.01 update. One sound indicates that the plane is running out of fuel. The other sound indicates that the plane is out of fuel. Ferret is the code name given to the plane in the game’s files, and these audio clips were found in the Ferret folder.
At minimum, it appears that Epic is planning on an LTM that involves planes. It’s also possible that they will be making a comeback to regular play. This time with a limited range.