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Who's got the biggest fleet?

Written by Braedyn Deamer on July 03, 2020 at 11:09 AM UTC

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We have been seeing airlines shrinking their fleet sizes during the Coronavirus situation from Delta retiring their 777s to Qantas retiring their 747s and storing their A380s but still have the largest fleet after the whole crisis. These only reflect the current time and who knows these numbers may still drop by the end of the year, so please keep that in mind. So here are some of the most significant fleets in 2020 according to planespotters.net. They do also exclude aircraft from regional carriers and only focuses on their mainline fleet.

Without a doubt American Airlines still has the largest fleet in the world with 872 aircraft with the following numbers in these various aircraft types and an average age of 10.8 years:

Type

Number of Aircraft

Boeing 737s

328

A320 Family (A319, A320, A321)

418

Boeing 777s

67

Boeing 787s

44

 

Delta Airlines follows closely behind with 844 aircraft at an average age of 14.5 years. They also have a fleet that is a bit more diverse than others since they have 757, 767, 717, A350 and A220 which are not shown in other airlines' fleets. Their fleet numbers are as follows:

Type

Number of Aircraft

A220

31

A319

57

A320

62

A321

100

A330

47

A350

13

Boeing 717

91

Boeing 737

217

Boeing 757

127

Boeing 767

77

Boeing 777

18

 

Up next is, you guessed it, United Airlines! They are also in the 800 range with them having a total of 810 aircraft in their fleet with an average age of 15.9 years. Do keep in mind though that they still have 76 orders yet to be fulfilled. They have some of the largest amount of aircraft when compared to other US airlines:

Type

Number of Aircraft

A319

85

A320

98

Boeing 737

350

Boeing 757 

72

Boeing 767

54

Boeing 777

96

Boeing 787

55

 

Southwest Airlines is everyone's favourite low-cost carrier, I assume. Now it is pretty easy to view the fleet of this airline since they operate an all 737 fleet, except the ground MAX aircraft that you should check out in our article here at an average age of 12.3 years and a total of 737.

Type 

Number of Aircraft

Boeing 737-700

496

Boeing 737-800

207

Boeing 737-MAX8

34

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In fifth place in China Southern Airlines who has 616 aircraft at an average age of 7.3 years and operate some aircraft not found on other airlines fleets.

Type

Number of Aircraft

A319

10

A320

144

A321

127

A330

46

A350

6

A380

5

Boeing 737

213

Boeing 747

2

Boeing 777

29

Boeing 787

25

ERJ-190

9