TABLE E-8 Average Age of U.S. Commercial Aircraft: 1993-2003

TABLE E-8 Average Age of U.S. Commercial Aircraft: 1993-2003

Years, unless noted

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  All commercial aircraft Major airlines aircraft Major airlines share of commercial aircraft (%)
1993 11.6 10.4 82.1
1994 12.2 10.8 79.9
1995 12.4 11.3 76.1
1996 13.2 12.3 72.5
1997 13.5 12.4 78.7
1998 13.6 12.3 77.8
1999 12.9 11.8 78.5
2000 12.8 11.8 78.8
2001 12.3 11.6 82.9
2002 11.7 11.7 77.8
2003 11.0 11.7 72.9

NOTES: Average aircraft age is based on the year that an aircraft was delivered to the original owner from the manufacturer and does not reflect the age of the engines or other parts that may have been replaced more recently. Commercial aircraft are aircraft of air carriers providing scheduled or nonscheduled passenger or freight service, including commuter and air taxi on-demand services. Major airlines includes only commercial airlines with operating revenues greater than $1 billion annually. In 2003 they were: America West Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, ATA Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, DHL Airways, Federal Express, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Parcel Service, and US Airways.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), calculations using data from USDOT, RITA, BTS, Form 41, Schedule B-43, 1993-2003.