26  Fleet age



26.2 When to use the inputs?

Depending on the market, an aircraft can remain in service for about 30 years. While an aircraft follows a specific maintenance cycle, its performance can degrade over time due to engine and aerodynamic deterioration, leading to additional CO2 emissions. Fleet renewal helps reduce aviation’s environmental impact as newer aircraft tend to be more fuel efficient and quieter, therefore the average age of the European fleet is a good indicator of its environmental performance.

26.4 References

EUROCONTROL, EUROCONTROL Market Segment Update 2022,” May 2022 [Online]. Available: https://www.eurocontrol.int/publication/market-segment-rules
EUROCONTROL STATFOR, STATFOR Interactive Dashboard.” [Online]. Available: https://www.eurocontrol.int/dashboard/statfor-interactive-dashboard
EUROSTAT, “Commercial aircraft fleet by age of aircraft and country of operator.” Jan. 2023 [Online]. Available: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/databrowser/view/AVIA_EQ_ARC_AGE/default/table?lang=en&category=avia.avia_eq

  1. European Free Trade Association whose Member States comprise Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland↩︎