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.

The first half of March has shown stagnating numbers in total global fleet size. The current total global fleet size counts 27,522 aircraft, out of which 19,867 are active and 7,655 grounded.

Continentactivegroundedtotal
Africa8474371284
Asia771622139929
Europe375627796535
North America612017447864
Oceania635164799
South America7933181111
Grand Total19867765527522

When it comes to the number of active fleets worldwide, Asia and North America continue to lead the list. Asia is operating 7716 active aircraft, whereas North America 6120. Europe follows with 3756, while Africa counts 847, South America 793 and Oceania 635 active aircraft.

Taiwan leads the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of active fleets, with 202 aircraft in their fleet, out of which 187 (92.57%) are active. The list also includes China, Ethiopia, Viet Nam, Japan, New Zealand, India, Netherlands (the), Chile and Qatar.

Countryactivegroundedtotal% active
Taiwan (Province of China)1871520292.57%
China3496285378192.46%
Ethiopia106911592.17%
Viet Nam2022122390.58%
Japan5688465287.12%
New Zealand1001811884.75%
India60011971983.45%
Netherlands (the)1793721682.87%
Chile871810582.86%
Qatar1773721482.71%

Among the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of grounded fleets by an airline, the United Kingdom remains at the top of the list with more than 70.12% of its fleet grounded. They are followed by Hong Kong, Nigeria, Germany, Malaysia, Ireland, Portugal, Singapore, Austria and Canada, which all have more than 50.00% of their fleet grounded.

Countryactivegroundedtotal% grounded
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)22853576370.12%
Hong Kong7415222667.26%
Nigeria406210260.78%
Germany23428051454.47%
Malaysia11913925853.88%
Ireland17620337953.56%
Portugal616913053.08%
Singapore10211121352.11%
Austria11111822951.53%
Canada40240480650.12%

An updated analysis on the top 25 lessors (counting more than 50 aircraft in their fleet) with the most active aircraft in their portfolio is also available. New on the list this month are Merx Aviation Finance, Avolon, DAE Capital and VEB-Leasing.

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.

March 2021 has been the third highest peak we have measured since the pandemic’s outbreak back in April last year. Worldwide scheduled seats are once more on the rise after a significant drop witnessed in the first week of February 2021 and currently count 60.9 million.

In Asia, the first two weeks of March saw an upward trend, after a significant drop at the beginning of February. At the moment, Asia counts 31.1 million seats scheduled, which closely resembles the last Asian market peak at the beginning of January with 31.2 million seats.

North America has been experiencing unstable growth for the past five months. However, since mid-February, it is evident that the number of seats scheduled is rising. The total number of seats currently scheduled in North America is 17.4 million, the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic.

After a short recovery during December, due to increased demand because of the holiday season, January and February brought a significant fall in the number of scheduled seats per week in Europe. March, however, brings a slight increase, counting at the moment 6.4 million seats.

South America’s capacity was growing until mid-January, when it started to decrease, hitting a low point in February. However, the market is recovering, and the numbers are slowly increasing again, with the current capacity per week in South America being 2.7 million seats.

During March, the African market has shown a slight increase in capacity, but still, it stagnates for the last two months, counting at the moment 1.6 million scheduled seats per week.

Oceania is on another road to recovery. After a significant drop in capacity during the first week of February, the number of seats scheduled has been steadily increasing over the last four weeks. At present, the number of seats scheduled is 1.5 million, which is more than during the previous peak in December 2020, when it was 1.4 million.

As of January, 2021 GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes from Brazil has the highest load factor of 83.19%, making it the leader on the Top 25 Airlines list. The airline with the lowest load factor continues to be Scoot from Singapore, with 7.74%.

At the beginning of February, capacity numbers keep dropping, and at the moment, the Industry’s global size counts 51.5 million seats per week.  

After an unstable growth trend until the end of January, Asian capacity shows a significant drop at the beginning of February, counting 25.8 million seats.

After a nominal growth during December and the beginning of January, North America’s capacity numbers are decreasing until now, with a total of 13.9 million scheduled seats per week.

After a short recovery in December, due to increased demand during the holiday season, European capacity numbers are significantly decreasing from one week to another. At the beginning of February, the current capacity counts 5.9 million offered seats per week.

South America was on a stable road to recovery from May until the beginning of January. However, February brought decreasing capacity numbers, now reaching 3 million seats scheduled per week.  

After a stable growing trend from August until the end of 2020, January and February brought another drop in numbers for the African market, which is now counting a total of 1.6 million seats scheduled per week.

We have noticed a significant fall in the capacity numbers in Oceania as well. Even though January was optimistic, the beginning of February now counts only 1.1 million offered seats per week.

With a load factor of 90.60%, Royal Flight from Russia leads the Top 25 Airlines list with the highest load factors in December 2020. The lowest load factor was tracked by Scoot from Singapore, with 9.26% only.

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.

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

After the pandemic’s effect on the aviation industry in March, global airline capacity peaked in the last week of December 2020 with 63.1 million seats. The beginning of January 2021 has, however, brought another drop in capacity numbers. At the moment, the global size of the industry counts 59.1 million seats per week.

After reaching the peak in the second half of March 2020 with 32.9 million seats and a significant drop at the beginning of April, Asian capacity had an unstable growth until today, counting at the beginning of January 2021 – 31.2 million seats.

North America has reached a peak in mid-March with 28 million seats scheduled, after which the numbers significantly dropped and stagnated for more than four months. After a nominal growth during December and the beginning of January, the second week of January brought decreasing numbers again, with a total of 14.2 million scheduled seats per week.

After reaching a peak in mid-August, with 15.9 million scheduled seats, European capacity numbers dropped significantly until December, when they shortly recovered due to increased demand during the holiday season. Since the beginning of January 2021, however, they are decreasing again, with a current capacity of 7.1 million offered seats per week.

With a significant fall after reaching its peak in the mid of March 2020 with 5.5 million seats scheduled and the lowest point in mid-May, counting 310.322 seats only, South America continues with a stable road to recovery. It is now reaching a total of 3.3 million seats scheduled per week.

After reaching 3.4 million seats in mid-March and a significant fall to 1.2 million seats only a week after, the African market has shown us light amplitudes but still kept the rising trend. December brought stagnating numbers while the beginning of January counts a total of 1.7 million seats scheduled.

After a significant fall at the beginning of April, the recovery in Oceania had kept a positive trend in the last eight months and now counts 1.4 million offered seats per week.

With a load factor of 84%, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes from Brazil leads the Top 25 Airlines list with the highest load factors in November. In November, the lowest load factor had Scoot from Singapore, with a load factor of only 14%.

We will continue to monitor the situation on capacities and will post on our blog. Follow us here and on LinkedIn.

From August 2020 until today, we can notice a positive trend in growing numbers, with more and more aircraft coming back out of temporary storage. At the beginning of January, we’re counting 7.345 aircraft still grounded and 75% of the global fleet as active.

North America (80%) and Asia (78%) are still leading with the highest percentage of active fleets. They are followed by Oceania and South America, with 77% (Oceania) and 73% (South America). Due to many restrictions and lockdowns, Europe counts only 66% of its fleet active.

ContinentsActiveGroundedTotal% active
Africa772484125665.18%
Asia76522229988177.89%
Europe42172386660366.35%
North America61171713783079.61%
Oceania59819779577.41%
South America770336110672.97%
TOTAL2012673452747174.74%
*January 2020 total as a reference

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

When it comes to the TOP 10 countries with the highest percentage of active fleets, counting more than 100 registered aircraft, Japan leads with 93% of the active fleet with 614 aircraft. The list is followed by China, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Netherlands, Mexico, Viet Nam, Brazil, India, New Zealand.

CountryActiveGroundedTotal% active
Japan6144666093.03%
China3481271375292.78%
Ethiopia981311188.29%
Taiwan (Province of China)1752620187.06%
Netherlands (the)1863121785.71%
Mexico2694531485.67%
Viet Nam1793521483.64%
Brazil3917746883.55%
India58212170382.79%
New Zealand972111882.20%

Nigeria still leads the TOP10 countries’ list with the highest percentage of grounded fleets by airline and counting more than 100 registered aircraft, with 69% of its fleet grounded. Nigeria is followed by Hong Kong, Argentina, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, Philippines, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy.

CountryActiveGroundedTotal% grounded
Nigeria327210469.23%
Hong Kong7514722266.22%
Argentina456010557.14%
Singapore9312421757.14%
Iran (Islamic Republic of)10413724156.85%
Malaysia11814025854.26%
Philippines (the)10311621952.97%
Germany25927253151.22%
United Kingdom37837275049.60%
Italy737014348.95%

Another updated analysis is available on 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.

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