This year, the airline with the youngest aircraft fleet worldwide is Uganda Airlines. The African country’s national carrier has therefore been named Winner of the “ch-aviation World’s Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award 2021”, with an average aircraft age of 1.15* years.

To determine which airlines currently operate the youngest aircraft fleets, ch-aviation maintains an extensive aircraft fleet database consisting of more than 5,000 operators and more than 65,000 aircraft worldwide.

Thomas Jaeger, the CEO of ch-aviation, said of the Award:

“The ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award recognises airlines worldwide for keeping their fleet young, modern and efficient. Operators dedicated to keeping their aircraft fleet young and using new generations of aircraft contribute significantly to the decrease of C02 emissions within the aviation industry and help achieve better fuel efficiency. We congratulate Uganda Airlines and all other airlines that won the Award this year for their hard effort in renewing their fleets, therefore making flying more environmentally friendly. It is important to say that this Award is entirely based on non-manipulable fleet data. There is no jury or any other subjective parameter involved.”

The top five World’s Youngest Aircraft Fleets are:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet sizeHome base
1Uganda Airlines1.15 years6Africa
2SKY Airline1.34 years17South America
3SalamAir1.90 years6Asia
4JetSMART2.27 years14South America
5airBaltic2.40 years25Europe

The Award also acknowledges the top five youngest aircraft fleets from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. 

Asia’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet sizeHome base
1SalamAir1.90 years6Oman
2Japan Air Commuter2.68 years9Japan
3flyadeal2.75 years12Saudi Arabia
4Hunan Airlines2.98 years13China
5Colorful Guizhou Airlines3.18 years13China

Africa’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet sizeHome base
1Uganda Airlines1.15 years6Uganda
2Jambojet2.78 years6Kenya
3Air Seychelles4.30 years7Seychelles
4Ethiopian Airlines6.46 years118Ethiopia
5EgyptAir6.48 years68Egypt

Europe’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet sizeHome base
1airBaltic2.41 years25Latvia
2Azimuth3.15 years13Russia
3Binter Canarias3.53 years26Spain
4BRA – Braathens Regional Airways4.14 years12Sweden
5Pobeda4.99 years35Russia

North America’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet sizeHome base
1Frontier Airlines4.20 years100USA
2VivaAerobus4.24 years41Mexico
3Volaris5.23 years83Mexico
4WestJet Encore5.43 years47Canada
5Swoop5.46 years9Canada

Oceania’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet sizeHome base
1Fiji Link4.49 years7Fiji
2Air Tahiti5.29 years10French Polynesia
3Fiji Airways7.41 years12Fiji
4Air New Zealand8.14 years113New Zealand
5Jetstar Airways10.52 years69Australia

South America’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet size Home base
1SKY Airline1.35 years16Chile
2JetSMART2.28 years14Chile
3Viva Air Colombia3.22 years19Colombia
4EasyFly3.78 years16Colombia
5Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras6.38 years144Brazil

About the Methodology:

To determine which airlines currently operate the youngest aircraft fleets, we maintain and research an extensive aircraft fleet database consisting of more than 5,000 operators and more than 65,000 aircraft worldwide. To determine the Award’s winners, ch-aviation included active commercial operators (both passenger and cargo aircraft) with five or more aircraft and used consolidated Air Operator Certificate lists for airline groups with multiple AOCs. Aircraft in a VIP configuration are excluded from the list.

*Data from “ch-aviation fleets advanced” as of February 15th, 2021.

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About the Award
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