The Air Current - Courtney Miller

The global airline fleet is not recovering evenly. With global scheduled capacity up over 92% from April 2020, that metric serves better to illustrate just how terrible last April was than how good we find it in 2021. Compared to 2019, the global fleet is producing 53% fewer seat-miles. We’re a long way from where we were before the pandemic.

Yet, the global number tells little about how the differing regions and aircraft types are faring at the one-year mark since the 2020 trough. As the industry has witnessed since the start of the pandemic, smaller, domestic-facing narrow-body fleets have significantly outperformed the wide-bodies reliant on international travel. One year beyond the official declaration of the global pandemic, this trend here

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