Let’s take a look at the air transport fleet’s current active and stored/parked status. As we reach mid-November, ~61% of the fleet is in service, and 39% parked. The regional situation continues to diverge. COVID fatigue in the US has helped domestic travel recover, and ~64% of the fleet is active. The bright light continues to be China, where domestic travel has staged a remarkable recovery resulting in ~84% of the fleet in service. Many European countries are in a renewed lockdown, and consequently, the European fleet has the worst active fleet % of any region (only ~50% active). Remember, even if the aircraft are active, they are often flying reduced hours/cycles, and load factors are still lower.
Looking at just the parked/stored fleet in terms of the aircraft size, ~51% of stored aircraft are narrowbodies with widebodies making up 19%, Turboprops, and RJs the remaining 30%.
Moving forward to the rest of the year, we should closely watch Thanksgiving and the Christmas travel period. It’s typically a busy time for passengers and Air Cargo. However, with COVID cases rising in the US, how much of a dent this will have on Thanksgiving travel remains to be seen.
Date: November 24 , 2020
737NG, 737 MAX, A320ceo & A320neo Family Fleet Status
The great news that the 737 MAX, grounded since March 2019, has received FAA authorization to re-enter US airline service (with other regulators to follow in due-course) provides the opportunity to look at the current...
Date: November 16 , 2020
Air Transport Aircraft Fleet Status (Mid-November 2020)
Let's take a look at the air transport fleet's current active and stored/parked status. As we reach mid-November, ~61% of the fleet is in service, and 39% parked. The regional situation continues to diverge. COVID fat...
Date: November 02 , 2020
Aircraft Retirements up to October 2020
As of the end of October 2020, approximately 540 air transport aircraft had been officially retired and withdrawn from use. That’s ~2.6% of the active fleet. These include ~100 A320ceos, 63 747-400s, 54 MD80s, 40 MD90...