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Aircraft. The youngest airline fleets are still in Asia

According to the ch-aviation analysis reveals -ATTACHMENT

Swiss airline intelligence provider ch-aviation today revealed the names of the world’s youngest airline fleets, measured in average aircraft age. It is the second such ch-aviation analysis on the topic, and the company’s first report was published two years ago in August 2017. Analysis shows several of the youngest airline fleets are in Asia, while Norwegian Air Sweden tops the list as the commercial carrier with the youngest fleet of aircraft on a global scale. VietJetAir has the youngest aircraft fleet of the large airlines (those with 50 planes or more). In the very large airline category, (100 aircraft or more) Aeroflot takes the crown for the youngest airline fleet.

The average aircraft flying the globe is 12 years old, shows the analysis of more than 30’000 active commercial aircraft. This includes passenger and cargo airplanes.

The youngest airline fleets are in Asia with an average age of 8,5 years. The oldest fleets are in the Africa and Oceania regions, where the average fleet is more than 16 years old.

The carrier with the world’s youngest fleet is Norwegian Air Sweden which operates a small fleet of 5 planes with an average age of 0,74 years. Interestingly, the Swedish subsidiary of “Norwegian” took the crown from another of the firm’s subsidiaries, Norwegian UK which was named as having the world’s youngest fleet in 2017. This year Norwegian UK took 3rd place, giving up the lead not only to its Swedish sister, but also to Wizz Air UK.

The airline with the youngest fleet in Asia is Saudi low-cost airline “flyadeal” which operates a fleet of 12 aircraft with an average age of just more than a year. The youngest fleet in South America also belongs to a low-cost airline, in this case, Chile’s JetSMART. Interestingly, both of these leading airlines in Asia and South America started operations as recently as 2017. Kenyan low-cost Jambojet leads Africa’s list with an average aircraft age of 4,3 years.

Canadian regional carrier WestJet Encore and French Polynesia’s Air Tahiti are two airlines that reached the top place in their regions’ youngest fleet ranking in both 2017 and 2019. WestJet Encore was the airline with the youngest fleet in North America in 2017 with 40 aircraft and an average age of 2,2 years. In 2019, the fleet had aged to 3,9 years on average, but it was good enough to keep its position in the region. The Air Tahiti fleet is now slightly younger than it was two years ago (around four years on average), and this fact guaranteed them the number one position in Oceania.

The document with nine tables (two pages) is attached below to this AVIONEWS.

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