Published On: January 24th, 2022By Categories: Feature4.4 min read

Uganda’s national carrier Uganda Airlines operates the world’s youngest aircraft fleet for the second year in a row. Boasting an average aircraft age of only 1,95 years, they have been named the winner of the “ch-aviation World’s Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award 2022“.

For the first time, ch-aviation also recognises Aircraft Leasing companies with the “ch-aviation World’s Youngest Aircraft Portfolio Award 2022″. The Aircraft Leasing company managing the youngest fleet is CMB Financial Leasing, with an average age of 3,91 years.

The ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award was conceived to honour Airlines and Aircraft Leasing companies worldwide who maintain young and efficient aircraft. Keeping a modern fleet and portfolio by using new generations of aircraft contributes significantly to the decrease of CO2 within the aviation industry and helps achieve better fuel efficiency. This represents a huge step forward for sustainability, and ch-aviation has decided to give them the recognition they deserve.

To determine which airlines currently operate and which lessors manage the youngest aircraft fleet, ch-aviation maintains an extensive aircraft fleet database consisting of more than 4,700 active airlines, more than 65,000 aircraft, and 1,000 lessors worldwide.

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

“The ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award recognises Airlines and Aircraft Leasing companies worldwide that operate young fleets and manage young portfolios, respectively. The efficient newer aircraft generations are vital for lowering CO2 emissions and making flying more environmentally friendly, and we commend the winners for their effort. It is essential to say that this award is entirely based on non-manipulable fleet data. There is no jury or any other subjective parameter involved. “

Here are the Top 5 youngest aircraft fleets worldwide:

Ranking Operator Continent Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 Uganda Airlines Africa 1,95 years 6
2 SKY Airline South America 1,99 years 28
3 SalamAir Asia 2,39 years 7
4 Viva South America 2,45 years 21
5 flyadeal Asia 2,76 years 16

 

The Award also acknowledges:

  • The Top 5 youngest aircraft fleets worldwide in the category of airlines with 100 or more aircraft in their fleet
  • The Top 5 youngest aircraft fleets from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America
  • The Top 5 Aircraft Leasing companies worldwide (<100 aircraft) managing the youngest aircraft fleet
  • The Top 5 Aircraft Leasing companies worldwide managing 100 or more aircraft in their portfolio

Top 5 youngest aircraft fleets with 100 or more aircraft in their fleet:

Ranking Operator Continent Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 Frontier Airlines North America 4,15 years 112
2 IndiGo Airlines Asia 4,28 years 278
3 Wizz Air Europe 5,20 years 147
4 flydubai Asia 5,25 years 123
5 Spring Airlines Asia 6,14 years 111

 

Asia’s youngest aircraft fleets:

Ranking Operator Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 SalamAir 2,39 years 7
2 flyadeal 2,76 years 16
3 Vistara 2,96 years 54
4 Hunan Airlines 3,35 years 16
5 Colorful Guizhou Airlines 3,51 years 15

 

Africa’s youngest aircraft fleets:

Ranking Operator Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 Uganda Airlines 1,95 years 6
2 Jambojet 3,59 years 6
3 Air Seychelles 5,07 years 7
4 Air Austral 6,30 years 11
5 Air Tanzania 6,56 years 13

 

Europe’s youngest aircraft fleets:

Ranking Operator Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 airBaltic 2,87 years 33
2 Azimuth 3,79 years 15
3 Helvetic Airways 3,81 years 16
4 Pobeda 4,50 years 44
5 BRA – Braathens Regional Airways 4,93 years 12

 

North America’s youngest aircraft fleets:

Ranking Operator Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 Frontier Airlines 4,15 years 112
2 Flair Airlines 4,42 years 12
3 VivaAerobus 5,29 years 52
4 Volaris 5,61 years 99
5 Swoop 6,21 years 10

 

Oceania’s youngest aircraft fleets:

Ranking Operator Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 Fiji Link 5,28 years 7
2 Fiji Airways 5,67 years 13
3 Air Tahiti 6,09 years 9
4 Air New Zealand 8,46 years 111
5 Jetstar Airways 10,74 years 69

 

South America’s youngest aircraft fleets:

Ranking Operator Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 SKY Airline 1,99 years 28
2 Viva 2,45 years 21
3 JetSMART 2,93 years 14
4 EasyFly (Colombia) 4,32 years 17
5 Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras 7,12 years 153

 

The Top 5 Aircraft Leasing companies worldwide (<100 aircraft), managing the youngest aircraft fleet:

Ranking Lessor Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 CMB Financial Leasing 3,92 years 59
2 Kunlun Financial Leasing 4,15 years 19
3 International Airfinance 4,63 years 55
4 SkyCo Leasing 5,18 years 22
5 GOAL 5,19 years 40

 

The Top 5 Aircraft Leasing companies worldwide (100+ aircraft), managing the youngest aircraft fleet:

Ranking Lessor Average aircraft age Fleet Size
1 BOC Aviation 5,36 years 435
2 Jackson Square Aviation 5,76 years 195
3 SMBC Aviation Capital 5,79 years 454
4 CALC 5,97 years 175
5 CDB Aviation 6,02 years 260

 

About the Methodology:

ch-aviation maintains one of the industry’s largest and most comprehensive databases, used to determine the youngest aircraft fleet. The intelligence covers over 67,000 aircraft, more than 4,700 active airlines, 1,000 lessors, and more. To determine the Award’s winners, ch-aviation included only 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. In terms of Aircraft Leasing Companies, we have included all managed aircraft with a portfolio size of at least ten aircraft. We have excluded companies with the sole purpose of providing leases to a single airline owned by that airline or a parent company and merged the same groups of companies. 

*Data from “ch-aviation fleets advanced” as of 3.1.2022

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More details about the Award can be found on the official ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award page.

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