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Ryanair tops 2009 aircraft deliveries, with 54 new B737s, easyJet second, China Southern third

31-Dec-2009

Ryanair took delivery of the largest number of new aircraft in 2009, with 54 B737-800 deliveries – or an average of 4.5 per month. easyJet was next, with 37 A320 family aircraft, followed by China Southern (33 - a mix of narrowbodies and widebodies), American Airlines (31 B737-800s) and Hainan Airlines (27 A320/B737s and one A330) to round off the Top 5.

Top 30 airlines by fleet growth: Aircraft deliveries by carrier in 2009

Full service airlines and Asia Pacific carriers dominate

The Top 30 fastest-growing airlines by new aircraft deliveries in 2009 added 592 aircraft (regional jets, narrowbodies and widebodies) between them during the year, or 48% of total worldwide deliveries.

Ten of the Top 30 carriers were based in the Asia Pacific region, eight were in Europe, seven in North America, three in the Middle East and two in Latin America. Full service airlines accounted for 23 of the Top 30, with, surprisingly, just seven LCCs in the list.

Top 30 airlines by fleet growth: Aircraft deliveries by carrier in 2009

Rank

Airlines

Region

in 2009 (ended 30-Dec-2009)

1

Ryanair

Europe

54

2

easyJet

Europe

37

3

China Southern Airlines

Asia Pacific

33

4

American Airlines

North America

31

5

Hainan Airlines

Asia Pacific

28

6

US Airways

North America

25

7

Aeroflot

Europe

24

8

Air India

Asia Pacific

24

9

Air China

Asia Pacific

23

10

Delta Air Lines

North America

22

11

China Eastern Airlines

Asia Pacific

21

12

Air France

Europe

20

13

Emirates Airline

Middle East

19

14

Lufthansa

Europe

18

15

Tianjin Airlines

Asia Pacific

16

16

Japan Airlines

Asia Pacific

16

17

SkyWest Airlines

North America

15

18

airberlin

Europe

15

19

Shenzhen Airlines

Asia Pacific

14

20

GOL Linhas Aereas

Latin America

14

21

Southwest Airlines

North America

13

22

Singapore Airlines

Asia Pacific

13

23

SAS

Europe

13

24

Lion Air

Asia Pacific

13

25

Continental Airlines

North America

13

26

Avianca

Latin America

13

27

Egyptair

Middle East

12

28

Qatar Airways

Middle East

11

29

JetBlue Airways

North America

11

30

Flybe

Europe

11

 

Sub-Total (Top 30)

 

592

 

Total

 

1242

Ryanair to lead the way again in 2010

Ryanair is likely to top the list again in 2010, as it is scheduled to take delivery of 48 more B737s in 2010, as well as 37 in 2011 and 27 in 2012. Negotiations with Boeing for its requirements beyond 2012 recently broke down, prompting moves by Ryanair to shift its strategy. See related report: Where to next for Ryanair? Long-haul venture beckons

Emerging markets to dominate over medium term

Ascend forecasts emerging markets to show "huge leaps in fleet growth" over the coming decade, with jet fleets in the Asia Pacific, led by China, set to escalate by 78.4%, increasing its fleet share to 27% and matching Europe’s fleet size in ten years time. European growth is 47%, driven by developing economies in Russia and central Europe.

In contrast, the North American fleet will grow by 4.7%, although it will still have the largest fleet in ten years time (a 30% share) and account for 26% of deliveries, second only to Asia/Pacific with 32%. High fleet growth will also be seen in the Middle East (71%) and the Latin America and Caribbean fleet will increase by almost 60%. Africa’s fleet will grow by just over 20%. In particular, the regional jet fleets in emerging markets show exponential growth over the next 10 years, with a hike of 176.5% in Asia Pacific; 125.3% in the Middle East and 100% in Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to Ascend, “China and India are leading the way”, adding, “over the next decade Brazil and Russia are also expected to grow significant fleets”.


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