We have analysed airports in Europe, Asia, North & South America, Africa, and Oceania by most aircraft grounded in May 2021. Here is an overview of the Top 25 with the most aircraft in temporary storage, worldwide and by each continent.

At ch-aviation, we continually track new aircraft deliveries from the largest aircraft manufacturers: Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, COMAC, De Havilland, Embraer, and Irkut.

After a significant jump in March with 111 aircraft, worldwide aircraft deliveries are again decreasing, with 71 aircraft being delivered in April 2021. But, compared to April 2020, it is a significant increase of 373%.

After a notable increase in the first three months, compared to 2020 numbers, Boeing deliveries decreased in April 2021, with 15 aircraft being delivered in total. Compared to April 2020, it still represents an increase of 150%.

Out of 15 aircraft, three were delivered to Southwest Airlines and two to China Southern Airlines and JAL – Japan Airlines. One aircraft was delivered to AeroLogic, Air Premia, American Airlines, ANA – All Nippon Airways, Belavia, FedEx Express, Kalitta Air, and United Airlines.

In the same period, Airbus also increased its deliveries in the first three months, while April brought a decrease with only 48 aircraft delivered. If we compare these figures to April 2020, we can see a vast increase of 500%.

Out of 48 aircraft, five were delivered Delta Air Lines, three to Air China and Frontier Airlines, while two aircraft were delivered to each of the following airlines: Air France, China Southern Airlines, flynas, Go First, IndiGo Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Juneyao Air, S7 Airlines. TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines. One aircraft was delivered to Air Arabia, Air Cairo, AirAsia India, airBaltic, American Airlines, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Corsair International, HK Express, MEA – Middle East Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Ural Airlines, VietJetAir and Wizz Air.

Here is an overview of the aircraft deliveries of the other manufacturers we track:

May brings another dose of optimism and another peak in worldwide capacity numbers. The numbers have been growing since the beginning of February, and the global fleet size currently counts 67.4 million scheduled seats per week.

After reaching a peak in mid-April, and with varying numbers in the first part of the month, the last week of May has brought with it another dose of optimism for Asia, which currently counts 30.9 million scheduled seats per week.

Despite minor fluctuations, North America has been on the recovery path since the beginning of February, with weekly seating capacity now numbering 19.3 million. At the end of May, North America will once more see demand touch numbers it last registered when the pandemic struck in late March/early April last year.

May in Europe has seen a strong resurgence in demand, especially in the month’s final week. Currently, European capacity counts 8 million weekly scheduled seats, an increase of 33% compared to the last week of April.

May’s rising numbers are also cause for celebration in South America, where capacity – which currently counts 2.5 million scheduled seats – is again climbing.

Sadly, the number of scheduled seats in the African market has continued to stagnate, albeit with a slight increase during the last week of May. The continent’s current capacity counts 1.7 million scheduled seats.

Since the beginning of February, Oceania has been trending upwards, with capacity numbers showing strong sustained growth. The end of May has seen the highest number of scheduled seats since the pandemic’s outbreak and currently counts 1.8 million seats/week.

As of March 2021, Volaris from Mexico has the highest load factor of 86.88%, making it the leader on the Top 25 Airlines list. The airline with the lowest load factor continues to be Scoot from Singapore, with 11.83%.

From February 2021 until today, we have seen a positive trend with more and more aircraft coming out of temporary storage. At the moment, the total global fleet counts 27,609 aircraft, out of which 20,027 are active and 7,582 grounded. If we compare these numbers to April 2021, we can see the number of active aircraft has increased slightly, while the number of grounded aircraft has decreased but marginally.

Asia and North America continue to have the highest number of active aircraft for the fifth month in a row. Asia counts 7,361 active aircraft, a 2.6% decrease compared to April 2021. North America counts 6,360 active aircraft followed by Europe with 4,416 while Africa counts 778, South America 736, and Oceania 646. Europe has seen the highest jump where the number of active aircraft has increased by 8%, compared to last month’s figures.

Continentactivegroundedtotal
Africa7785061284
Asia736125879948
Europe414623866532
North America636015687928
Oceania646160806
South America7363751111
Grand Total20027758227609

China takes the lead again when it comes to the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of active aircraft. With a total fleet of 3,803 aircraft, 92.87% are active, meaning China currently has 3,832 aircraft flying. The list also includes Japan, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Netherlands, the United States of America, Poland, Taiwan (Province of China), Mexico and Australia.

Countryactivegroundedtotal% active
China3532271380392,87%
Japan5636262590,08%
Ethiopia961310988,07%
New Zealand1001811884,75%
Netherlands (the)1863422084,55%
United States of America (the)54951029652484,23%
Poland1292515483,77%
Taiwan (Province of China)1703320383,74%
Mexico2635732082,19%
Australia45810155981,93%

Indonesia leads the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of grounded fleets by airline, with 70.03% of their fleet grounded. The list is followed by Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Iran, Sweden, and Canada.

Countryactivegroundedtotal% grounded
Indonesia19044463470,03%
Hong Kong7316123468,80%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)24951075967,19%
Nigeria417011163,06%
Thailand10317227562,55%
Malaysia12113725853,10%
Philippines (the)10511622152,49%
Iran (Islamic Republic of)12012724751,42%
Sweden928717948,60%
Canada41137778847,84%

We have also analysed lessors with more than 50 aircraft in their fleets to determine the top 25 with the highest percentage of active aircraft in their portfolios. Here is the list:

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

At ch-aviation, we continually track new aircraft deliveries from the largest aircraft manufacturers: Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, COMAC, De Havilland, Embraer, and Irkut.

Worldwide aircraft deliveries have been strongly increasing in March, almost reaching pre-covid levels. After 57 aircraft delivered in January and 60 aircraft in February, 111 aircraft were delivered in March. Compared to March 2020, that’s a significant increase of 88%.

Compared to 2020 numbers, Boeing deliveries significantly increased in the first three months of 2021. In March, Boeing delivered 30 aircraft in total, which is an increase of 76% compared to March 2020.

Out of 30 aircraft, eight were delivered to Southwest Airlines, four to Boeing Defense, Space & Security, three to TUI Airways, followed by two for Copa Airlines, FedEx Express, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Neos and United Airlines. One aircraft was delivered to Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Blue Air (Romania), Cayman Airways and UPS Airlines.

In the same period, Airbus has delivered 32 aircraft in February 2021, with significant growth in March 2021, delivering 72 aircraft in total. Compared to March 2020 deliveries, that is an increase of 95%.

Out of 72 aircraft, six were delivered to IndiGo Airlines, four to Delta Air Lines, three to China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Frontier Airlines, while two aircraft were delivered to each of the following airlines: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air China, American Airlines, flynas, JetSMART, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.  One aircraft was delivered to Air Astana, Air Busan, Air France, Bamboo Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific Air, Iberia Express, Loong Air, Luftwaffe, Pegasus Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Scoot and Shenzhen Airlines.

Here is an overview of the aircraft deliveries of the other manufacturers we track:

We have analysed airports in Europe, Asia, North & South America, Africa, and Oceania by most aircraft grounded at the beginning of April. Here is an overview of the Top 25 with the most aircraft in temporary storage, worldwide and by each continent.

In April, worldwide capacity numbers have reached a new peak. Numbers have been steadily rising for the third month in a row now, and the global size of the industry currently counts 63.4 million seats per week.

Asia continues to have an upward trend in the number of weekly scheduled seats and is on a good path to reach pre-Covid numbers soon again. At the moment, Asia counts 32.1 million seats scheduled per week.

North America’s capacity has been steadily growing since the beginning of this year. North America currently counts a total of 17.6 million scheduled seats per week which is the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic. However,  thatsstill far away from reaching pre-Covid March 2020 numbers.

Europe experienced a significant increase in capacity during the first week of April due to the increased demand over the holiday period. Since then, the number of scheduled seats per week has slightly decreased but is still higher than in previous months and currently counts 7.8 million seats scheduled.

April 2021 brought a significant drop in the seats scheduled for South America, stagnating in the first two weeks of April. The current number of scheduled seats is 2.3 million. 

The number of scheduled seats on the African market continues to slowly and steadily grow each week. In April, the current capacity counts 1.7 million seats scheduled.

March and April 2021 show Oceania’s continued growth in capacity. Mid-April has reached the highest number of seat schedules since the pandemic’s outbreak and currently counts 1.7 million seats.

As of February 2021, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes from Brazil still has the highest load factor of 80.80%, making it the leader on the Top 25 Airlines list. The airline with the lowest load factor continues to be Scoot from Singapore, with 6.04%.

The total global fleet size is still under the influence of the worldwide pandemic. At the beginning of April, the total global fleet size counts 27,538; out of which 19,709 are active and 7,829 grounded. If we compare these numbers to March 2021, we can see the number of grounded aircraft has slightly increased.

Asia and North America continue to have the highest number of active fleets for the fourth month in a row. Asia counts 7,552 active aircraft, which is a 2% decrease in the number of active aircraft compared to March 2021. North America counts 6,183 active aircraft and is followed by Europe with 3,841, while Africa counts 783, South America 718 and Oceania 632.

Continentactivegroundedtotal
Africa7835041287
Asia755223829934
Europe384126976538
North America618316867869
Oceania632171803
South America7183891107
Grand Total19709782927538

We have compared the numbers of a total active fleet for January, February, March and April 2021 with the same months in the previous year. Take a look at the graphs showing the comparison:

China takes the lead when it comes to the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of active fleets. With a total fleet of 3,790 aircraft, 90.92% are active, meaning China currently has 3,446 aircraft flying. The list also includes Japan, Ethiopia, Taiwan (number one on the list in March 2021), the United States of America, Mexico, India, Qatar, New Zealand and Australia.

countryactivegroundedtotal% active
China3446344379090.92%
Japan5537562888.06%
Ethiopia1011511687.07%
Taiwan (Province of China)1723120384.73%
United States of America (the)53601117647782.75%
Mexico2625531782.65%
India58813171981.78%
Qatar1753921481.78%
New Zealand962211881.36%
Australia44111455579.46%

Hong Kong leads the list of TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of grounded fleets by an airline, with 68.20% of their fleet grounded. The list is followed by the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sweden, Canada, Italy, Iran (the Islamic Republic of) and Singapore, all of them having more than 50.00% of their fleet grounded.

countryactivegroundedtotal% grounded
Hong Kong7616323968.20%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)25251176366.97%
Nigeria376910665.09%
Malaysia11414325755.64%
Philippines (the)10411622052.73%
Sweden889618452.17%
Canada37240577752.12%
Italy707114150.35%
Iran (Islamic Republic of)12512124649.19%
Singapore11010621649.07%

Once again, we have analysed lessors with more than 50 aircraft in their fleet. Here is an updated list of the top 25 with the most active aircraft in their portfolio.

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

At ch-aviation, we continually track new aircraft deliveries from the largest aircraft manufacturers: Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, COMAC, De Havilland, Embraer, and Irkut.

In January 2021, 57 new aircraft were delivered to Airlines worldwide. In February 2021, there was a slight increase, and 60 came out of the production lines. If we compare this number to 2020, when 83 new aircraft were delivered in the same timeframe, that results in a total decrease of almost 30%.

In January, thanks to the ungrounding of the Boeing 737MAX in some parts of the world, Boeing delivered 29 aircraft in total, significantly more than in 2020 at the same time. In February, output slightly decreased to 22 but still more than in 2020. Out of the 22 aircraft, six were delivered to Southwest Airlines, three to United Airlines, followed by two for Boeing, Defence Space & Security, Copa Airlines, and Sunwing Airlines. One aircraft each was delivered to Aeroflot, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, TUI Airways, UPS Airlines, and WestJet. One aircraft was also delivered to a private entity.

And there is reason for optimism that this trend continues given that during January 2021, Boeing deliveries increased by more than 100% compared to the same month in 2020, thanks to the 737MAX ungrounding.

Turning to Europe, Airbus delivered 21* aircraft during January 2021, while in February, it handed over 32* aircraft. Out of the 32*, three were delivered to each of China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Indigo Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, while two were delivered to each of Air China, ANA – All Nippon Airways, Pegasus Airlines, and Spring Airlines. One aircraft was delivered to each of Air Canada, Air Côte d’Ivoire, Asiana Airlines, Gulf Air, Jazeera Airways, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SKY Airline (Chile), Vietnam Airlines, Vistara, and Volaris.

Compared to the same period in 2020, the number of aircraft delivered by Airbus has significantly dropped; January 2021 shows a decrease of almost 45%, while February 2021 shows an output reduction of 42%.

*delivered on the contract, according to the Airbus order book.

Here is an overview of the aircraft deliveries of more leading manufacturers we track monthly:

We have analysed airports in Europe, Asia, North & South America, Africa, and Oceania by most aircraft grounded at the beginning of March. Here is an overview of the Top 25 with the most aircraft in temporary storage, worldwide and by each continent.