TABLE A-18 Average Age of U.S. Commercial Aircraft: 1995-2005

TABLE A-18 Average Age of U.S. Commercial Aircraft: 1995-2005

Years, unless noted

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  All commercial aircraft Major airlines aircraft Major airlines share of commercial aircraft (percent)
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
2004 10.8 11.1 74.9
2005 11.3 11.3 81.5

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 2005 they were: American Airlines, Abx Air, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, ATA Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair, Continental Air Lines, Delta Air Lines, Expressjet Airlines, Federal Express, JetBlue Airways, Mesa Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Air Lines, United Parcel Service, and US Airways.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, calculations using data from USDOT, RITA, BTS, Form 41, Schedule B-43, 1995-2006.