In recent months, the subject of aircraft storage has taken on unusual prominence with airlines scaling back their active fleets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Analysis of ch-aviation data shows that at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in early April, 55% of the total airline fleets around the world were grounded – equating to 17,944 aircraft.
At that time, the highest percentage of inactive airframes was based in Africa, where 74% of its more than 1,500-strong fleet was grounded. Europe was a close runner-up with 72% or 5,796 individual examples, the greatest number of any region. The lowest proportion was in North America, where 39% of airframes were grounded, but this can be explained by the fact that at the beginning of April, airlines were still in the process of schedule reductions and aircraft parking.