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April 21, 2024
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As US airlines cut back and park most of their fleet, here’s data on the Top Ten busiest aircraft flown by US airlines through month-end August 2020. The numbers listed in the columns are flights during the month.


Here’s what we know about those tail numbers.

For perspective, here’s what 2019’s Top Ten look like.

And details on these tail numbers.

In “normal” times, the Hawaiian 717 fleet was very busy with short island hops. These aircraft were the most frequent fliers in the US airline industry.  On a daily basis, these aircraft averaged between 11 and 12 daily segments. 

The 2020 data through August is clearly not “normal” times.  Daily segments averaged between 5 and 6.  We note that the Alaska Airlines fleet of cargo aircraft is now listed among the Top Ten busiest. It interesting to note that even a Dash 8 makes an appearance averaging 5 daily segments.  Some Hawaiian 717s show up and this fleet averaged 6 daily segments for the period, half of what they were doing last year. 

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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.

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