How old is the plane you’re flying in? Which airline has the oldest fleet? You may be interested to know that on average, if you’re flying in an aircraft owned by an American airline, your plane could be more than twice as old as those flown by the major Asian airlines. Here is the full ranking, according to data compiled by Airfleets.net, as of September 2019.

Top 7 airlines with the youngest fleet

Aeroflot fleet age

1. Aeroflot Airline – average aircraft age – 4.4 years

Aeroflot airline may have the youngest fleet of all with an average age of just 4.4 years, but it is certainly no newcomer to the aviation industry. Aeroflot Group, the parent company, was established back in 1923. It currently serves 146 destinations across 52 countries, with many codeshare agreements in place. Aeroflot originally flew mainly Soviet built planes, but in more recent years it has replaced many of its aircraft with Western planes. The majority of its planes are now Airbus A320-200s.

China Eastern fleet age

2. Ethiopian Airlines – average aircraft age 5.7 years

Ethiopian Airlines fleet age is only 5.7 years. The flagship airline of Ethiopia operates the youngest fleet in Africa, and one of the youngest airline fleets in the world. According to its website, Ethiopian Airlines currently operates 116 aircraft which 82 Boeings, 12 Airbuses and 23 Bombardiers. It has ordered an additional 59 new aircraft.

3. China Eastern Airlines average aircraft age – 5.9 years

In third place is China Eastern Airlines with an average age of 5.9 years. This airline flies Boeings and Airbuses and it has placed orders for more new aircraft to be delivered over the next few years, so China Eastern Airlines may just make it to the top of the list in a few years time. The airline was the first in China in place an order with Airbus.

Qatar Airways fleet age

4. Qatar Airways average aircraft age – 6 years

Just slightly behind China Eastern Airlines with an average fleet age of 6 years is Qatar Airways. A relative newcomer to the industry, compared with the previous airlines, Qatar Airways was established in 1993 and in that short time has made a big impact on the aviation industry. It too operates Airbuses and Boeings. In 2019, it was voted best business class airline in the world.

Emirates fleet age

5. Emirates – average aircraft age – 6.2 years

The next youngest fleet is that of Emirates. The Dubai-based airline operates more than 3,000 flights each week to more than 140 destinations in 70 countries. With its sponsorship of events and structures the name Emirates has become very well known. It operates more Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s than any other airline.

China Southern fleet age

6 – Turkish Airlines – average aircraft age – 6.8 years

By number of passenger destinations, Turkish Airlines is the biggest carrier in the world, flying to 122 countries. Istanbul’s new airport will be able to handle 200 million passengers per year.

7. China Southern Airlines – average aircraft age – 7 years

Almost tie with Turkish Airlines, China Southern Airlines, the second Chinese airline on our list, has a fleet consisting of Airbuses, Boeings and 20 Embraer 190s leased from CLC.China Southern Airlines is China’s largest airline.

Airlines with the youngest fleet: the full ranking

    1. Aeroflot airline fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 4.4 years.

    2. Ethiopian Airlines

      Average aircraft age is 5.7 years.

    3. China Eastern Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 5.9 years.

    4. Qatar Airways fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 6 years.

    5. Emirates fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 6.2 years.

    6. Turkish Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 6.8 years.

    7. China Southern fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 7 years.

    8. Ryanair fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 7.6 years.

    9. EasyJet fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 7.8 years.

    10. Alaska Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 8.4 years.

    11. Cathay Pacific fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 8.5 years old.

    12. Swiss International Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 9.6 years old.

    13. JetBlue Airways fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 10.2 years.

    14. American Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 10.8 years.

    15. Southwest Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 11 years.

    16. SkyWest Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 11.5 years.

    17. Lufthansa fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 12 years.

    18. British Airways fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 13.5 years.

    19. United Airlines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 15.1 years.

    20. Delta Air Lines fleet age

      Average aircraft age is 15.8 years.

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