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World's youngest airplane fleets revealed

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Krista Kuznecova
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Source: Ch Aviation

Europe and China compete for world's youngest fleets. Africa and North America to come in last.

Who would expect that two Europeaan low-cost airlines would have some of the youngest aircraft in the world? As millions of people head to the airport to go on summer vacation, ch-aviation has crunched the numbers to find out who has the world's youngest fleet.

 

In first place is Norwegian UK, taking out the title of world's youngest fleet. The average age of a Norwegian UK plane is just under one year. Rounding out the rest of the world's top five – all with an average fleet age of less than two years – are Colorful Guizhou Airlines and Loong Air from China, Germany's Eurowings, and Swiss Global Air Lines.

 

"What our data clearly shows is the tremendous growth in Europe and Asia over the past few years while they move to lower-cost models," said Thomas Jaeger, ch-aviation CEO. "And Chinese start-ups have the benefit of good access to capital for new aircraft."

The bottom five was quite a different story, with Africa and North America doing battle for the oldest fleets. In bottom position is Kenya's Fly SAX with an average aircraft age of 36 years old, followed by Nolinor Aviation (Canada), African Express Airways (Kenya), Western Air Bahamas, and Pacific Coastal Airlines (Canada).

"Obviously we see something quite different in Canada and Kenya, which both have a lot of smaller carriers operating in remote areas," Jaeger says. "And many African airlines which want to expand simply don't have the cash for brand new aircraft."

Taking out top spots for youngest fleet on each continent were:

Africa – RwandAir;

Asia – Colorful Guizhou Airlines;

Europe – Norwegian UK;

Northern America – WestJet Encore;

Oceania – Air Tahiti;

South America – Conviasa.

A full list of the youngest and oldest fleets is attached.

A note on methodology: ch-aviation included only commercial carriers with five or more aircraft with 30-plus seats.

Worldwide – youngest

Operator

Average aircraft age

Home base

No of aircraft incl.

Norwegian UK

0.99

Europe

5

Colorful Guizhou Airlines

1.21

Asia

6

Loong Air

1.73

Asia

22

Eurowings

1.77

Europe

23

Swiss Global Air Lines

1.78

Europe

19

 

 

Africa – youngest

RwandAir

4.21

Rwanda

12

Kenya Airways

5.11

Kenya

32

Royal Air Maroc Express

5.15

Morocco

5

Air Arabia Maroc

5.32

Morocco

7

Air Austral

5.53

Reunion

9

 

Asia – youngest

Colorful Guizhou Airlines

1.21

China

6

Loong Air

1.73

China

22

Vistara

1.81

India

15

Batik Air

1.97

Indonesia

49

Qingdao Airlines

2.05

China

13

 

Europe – youngest

Norwegian UK

0.99

Norway

5

Eurowings

1.77

Germany

23

Swiss Global Air Lines

1.78

Switzerland

19

WOW air

2.05

Iceland

15

Canarias Airlines

2.76

Spain

7

        

North America – Youngest        

WestJet Encore

2.23

Canada

40

LIAT

3.34

Antigua & Barbuda

10

Intel Aviation

4.22

USA

6

Volaris

4.55

Mexico

67

VivaAeroBus

5.06

Mexico

23

 

Oceania – youngest

Air Tahiti

4.31

French Polynesia

10

Virgin Australia International

5.78

Australia

20

Jetconnect

6.97

New Zealand

8

Air New Zealand

7.04

New Zealand

54

Virgin Australia

7.18

Australia

90

 

South America – youngest

Conviasa

3.56

Venezuela

9

LATAM Airlines Chile

3.61

Chile

68

Avianca Brasil

4.18

Brazil

46

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

5.21

Brazil

124

Avianca

5.35

Colombia

96

 

 

Worldwide – oldest

Operator

Average aircraft age

Home base

No of aircraft incl.

Fly SAX

36.81

Africa

5

Nolinor Aviation

34.82

North America

6

African Express Airways

32.89

Africa

7

Western Air Bahamas

29.13

North America

7

Pacific Coastal Airlines

28.62

North America

7

 

Africa – oldest

Fly SAX

36.81

Kenya

5

African Express Airways

32.89

Kenya

7

Global Aviation Operations

28.08

South Africa

5

Dana Air

27.04

Nigeria

6

Skyward Express

26.33

Kenya

15

 

Asia – oldest

Kam Air

26.84

Afghanistan

6

Trigana Air Service

25.52

Indonesia

12

Iran Aseman Airlines

25.40

Iran

24

Avia Traffic Company

25.26

Kyrgyzstan

5

Kish Air

25.08

Iran

9

                           

Europe – oldest          

Bukovyna Airlines

27.66

Ukraine

5

NextJet

27.52

Sweden

13

SprintAir

26.45

Poland

5

Bulgarian Air Charter

25.88

Bulgaria

17

DOT - Danu oro transportas

25.85

Lithuania

9

 

North America – Oldest

Nolinor Aviation

34.82

Canada

6

Western Air Bahamas

29.13

Bahamas

7

Pacific Coastal Airlines

28.62

Canada

7

Magnicharters

28.16

Mexico

9

Swift Air (USA)

27.29

USA

11

 

Oceania – oldest

Skippers Aviation

25.10

Australia

18

Alliance Airlines

24.61

Australia

33

Virgin Australia Regional

24.50

Australia

16

Network Aviation

24.11

Australia

17

Hevilift (PNG)

23.83

Papua New Guinea

5

 

South America – oldest

Peruvian Airlines

27.19

Peru

12

Laser Airlines

26.96

Venezuela

9

Aerovías DAP

26.60

Chile

11

Star Perú

26.49

Peru

9

Avior Airlines

26.39

Venezuela

15

 



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