Decade of mainline fleet evolution driven by growth and consolidation

American Airlines fleet Miami

Source: Max Kingsley-Jones/FlightGlobal

Last year the aviation industry marked the centenary of international air travel. While much changed over those first 100 years, the most recent decade has seen some remarkable developments with unprecedented growth in commercial fleets driven by the expansion of the low-cost sector and the rise of new entrants. There have also been some interesting changes in the size and shape of the major airline groups, measured by fleet size.

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