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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2011

Flight International’s global census

According to the magazine Flight International and its ACAS database, there are currently 25,000 aircraft in service at the present time ranging in size from the 20-seat de Havilland Twin Otter up to the Airbus A380.  Figures show a minimal increase from last year.

Leading the line-up is the Boeing 737 with 4,958 in service, followed by the Airbus A320 series on 4,390.  The Boeing 777 is the best selling wide body aircraft and Bombardier leads ATR as far as regionals are concerned with a fleet of 839 Dash 8/Q series, as against 778 ATR 42/72.  In this category 766 Embraer 145 and its developments are operating.

What perhaps is most interesting is the number of long ceased manufacturing aircraft that are still performing for airlines.  Ten Boeing 707s are noted, six BAC 1-11s, eight Lockheed Electras (in a cargo configuration), 172 YAK 40s and a single Handley Page Jetstream (but plenty of the Scottish Aviation version). www.flightglobal.com/census

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