At the beginning of February, the total global fleet size numbers 27,512 aircraft, out of which 7,679 aircraft remain grounded, and 19,833 aircraft are active at this moment.

Continentactivegroundedtotal
Africa8374531290
Asia758423409924
Europe383327126545
North America613017097839
Oceania627176803
South America8222891111
Grand Total19833767927512

Asia (7.584) and North America (6.130) are still leading the list with the highest number of active aircraft in their fleet. They are followed by Europe, with currently 3.833 active aircraft. Africa counts 837, South America 822, and Oceania 627 aircraft currently flying.

We understand grounded fleets do not fully represent airline activity as airlines inevitably have different utilisation levels for specific aircraft.

When it comes to the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of active fleets, with 100 and more registered aircraft, Ethiopia leads the list with 90.43% of the active fleet with 104 aircraft. The list is followed by China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Viet Nam, Mexico, New Zealand, India and Saudi Arabia.

Countryactivegroundedtotal% of active
Ethiopia1041111590.43%
China3385386377189.76%
Taiwan (Province of China)1812120289.60%
Japan5728465687.20%
Brazil4096547486.29%
Viet Nam1903122185.97%
Mexico2655031584.13%
New Zealand991911883.90%
India59711871583.50%
Saudi Arabia2164426083.08%

United Kingdom leads the TOP10 countries’ list with the highest percentage of grounded fleets by airline and counting 100 or more registered aircraft, with 69.66% of its fleet grounded. The UK is followed by Hong Kong, Nigeria, Malaysia, Austria, Ireland, Iran, Singapore, Argentina and Thailand.

Countryactivegroundedtotal% grounded
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland23052875869.66%
Hong Kong7115122268.02%
Nigeria386710563.81%
Malaysia10515225759.14%
Austria9613222857.89%
Ireland18519938451.82%
Iran (Islamic Republic of)11812524351.44%
Singapore10410921351.17%
Argentina515310450.96%
Thailand13814127950.54%

We have also analysed the top 25 lessors (counting more than 50 aircraft in their fleet), with the most active aircraft in their portfolio.

We use ch-aviation fleets advanced and fleets ownership data for this analysis. To get the full and detailed insights on active and inactive aircraft, visit the following LINK.