Visualizing the U.S. Fleet Over Time

The U.S. Fleet has changed significantly over the past 17 years. Using the free VisualApproach.io data explorer, we can watch the fleet change over the years with the help of animated charts. As the McDonnell Douglas fleet slowly goes away, the landscape has become dominated by four players: Bombardier and Embraer with regional aircraft, and Airbus and Boeing with larger jets. Average stage length has increased overall, with new large regional jets extending the smaller capacity ranges, and wide-bodies being used more exclusively on long range missions. In 2000, the 747-400 averaged the longest stage lengths, at 4,700 miles. By 2017, wide-body stage lengths have been extended to as far as 5,700 miles with the 787-9. Cessna makes an interesting appearance with the largest number of operators being for the oft-forgotten Cessna Caravan. With 17 airlines operating the type and an ultra-low stage length of only 108 miles, the Caravan […]