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May 26, 2024
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The European Union is different than other regions with respect to its focus on “green initiatives”, especially the commercial aviation sector. The European Commission has proposed a carbon tax on jet fuel from 2023 and the costs of running an airline in Europe will keep rising.  Therefore, despite the pandemic and slow international traffic recovery, EU airlines are going to keep their fleets as young as they can afford. 

For this post, we are going to look at Air France and KLM, part of the same group but with a very different fleet mix.  Let’s start with what we know about their current fleets.

The EU is different than other regions with respect to its focus on “green initiatives”, especially the commercial aviation sector.  There is a carbon tax on jet fuel and the costs of running an airline in Europe will keep rising.  Therefore, despite the pandemic and slow international traffic recovery, EU airlines are going to keep their fleets as young as they can afford.


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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.