#UgandaAirlines – operating the world’s and #Africa’s youngest fleet

(Posted 20th January 2022)

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:

RankingOperatorContinentAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1Uganda AirlinesAfrica1,95 years6
2SKY AirlineSouth America1,99 years28
3SalamAirAsia2,39 years7
4VivaSouth America2,45 years21
5flyadealAsia2,76 years16

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:

RankingOperatorContinentAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1Frontier AirlinesNorth America4,15 years112
2IndiGo AirlinesAsia4,28 years278
3Wizz AirEurope5,20 years147
4flydubaiAsia5,25 years123
5Spring AirlinesAsia6,14 years111

Asia’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1SalamAir2,39 years7
2flyadeal2,76 years16
3Vistara2,96 years54
4Hunan Airlines3,35 years16
5Colorful Guizhou Airlines3,51 years15

Africa’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1Uganda Airlines1,95 years6
2Jambojet3,59 years6
3Air Seychelles5,07 years7
4Air Austral6,30 years11
5Air Tanzania6,56 years13

Europe’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1airBaltic2,87 years33
2Azimuth3,79 years15
3Helvetic Airways3,81 years16
4Pobeda4,50 years44
5BRA – Braathens Regional Airways4,93 years12

North America’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1Frontier Airlines4,15 years112
2Flair Airlines4,42 years12
3VivaAerobus5,29 years52
4Volaris5,61 years99
5Swoop6,21 years10

Oceania’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1Fiji Link5,28 years7
2Fiji Airways5,67 years13
3Air Tahiti6,09 years9
4Air New Zealand8,46 years111
5Jetstar Airways10,74 years69

South America’s youngest aircraft fleets:

RankingOperatorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1SKY Airline1,99 years28
2Viva2,45 years21
3JetSMART2,93 years14
4EasyFly (Colombia)4,32 years17
5Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras7,12 years153

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

RankingLessorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1CMB Financial Leasing3,92 years59
2Kunlun Financial Leasing4,15 years19
3International Airfinance4,63 years55
4SkyCo Leasing5,18 years22
5GOAL5,19 years40

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

RankingLessorAverage aircraft ageFleet Size
1BOC Aviation5,36 years435
2Jackson Square Aviation5,76 years195
3SMBC Aviation Capital5,79 years454
4CALC5,97 years175
5CDB Aviation6,02 years260

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

About ch-aviation

ch-aviation provides accurate data and news on the airline industry. For over 20 years, we have been supplying decision-makers around the globe with relevant and up-to-date airline intelligence and insightful news. The database offers in-depth information about all aspects of the aviation industry, including airlines, airports, lessors, industry contacts, and more. Many industry leaders use our data in their decision-making processes.

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

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