The January global fleet size currently counts 28,289 aircraft, of which 22,799 are active and 5,490 are grounded. The active worldwide fleet continues to grow, as we notice a steady increase of active aircraft since November. If we compare January 2022 with January 2021, there is a 13% rise in the active global fleet.
|Continent||active||grounded||total||% active||% grounded|
When looking at the percentage of active aircraft on a continent basis, North America and Oceania are at the top of the list, with 86% and 85% of their aircraft fleet being active. They are followed by Europe (81%), South America (79%), and Asia (78%). Africa has the least percentage of active aircraft, with only 66% active.
Hungary remains the country with the most active aircraft, a spot it has occupied since November 2021. 131 of the 137 aircraft that are with Hungarian operators are currently in use – more than 95%. The Netherlands, Japan, Chile, Ireland, Poland, the United States of America, China, Saudi Arabia, and Malta are also among the top 10 countries with the most active aircraft, with each country counting over 86% of its fleet active.
Top 10 countries with the highest percentage of active aircraft (with/more than 100 aircraft in their portfolio)
|United States of America (the)||5897||890||6787||86,89%|
With more than 64% of its fleet grounded, Hong Kong is still the country with the most grounded aircraft – a position it has had since November 2021. Following Hong Kong are Iran, Nigeria, Malaysia, Thailand, Ukraine, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Argentina.
Top 10 countries with the highest percentage of grounded aircraft (with/more than 100 aircraft in their portfolio)
|Iran (Islamic Republic of)||116||140||256||54,69%|
Top 25 Airlines with the most active aircraft (with 100 or more aircraft in their fleet)
The airline with the most active aircraft is Malta Air, with 142 aircraft in its fleet and 100% currently active. Malta Air is followed by Spring Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Wizz Air, Frontier Airlines, and Envoy Air, with each airline counting 97% or more active aircraft in their fleet. All top 25 airlines on the list have at least 89% of their aircraft active.
We have also analysed data regarding Lessors managing more than 50 aircraft. The top 25 Lessors with the highest percentage of active aircraft in their portfolio are listed below. International Airfinance is convincingly first, with 98% of its fleet active.
When analysing the active/grounded fleet by market group, the numbers continue to stagnate – the overview of the active and grounded fleet is exceedingly similar to December 2021. Narrowbody Jets continue to be the most in use, with 72% active, whereas Regional Turboprops are the least in-demand with only 58% active.