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Check Out the Top 10 African Airlines with the Largest Fleet of New and Modern Airplanes

In recent years, African governments led by the Ethiopian government have allocated millions of dollars to purchase new and modern airplanes as they move to become the leader in the African aviation space.

Africa currently has 690 aircraft which makes up 4.4% of the total global fleet, according to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) annual report, 2018.

AFRAA airlines in 2017 operated a total of 685 aircraft or 95% of the total African commercial fleet.

 

Some of Ethiopian Airlines fleet. (nazret)
Some of Ethiopian Airlines fleet. (nazret)

Currently, 370 (53.6%) aircraft in operation in Africa are made up of single-aisle type. The other aircraft sizes are represented by freighters (8.7%), widebody aircraft (21.7%), and regional jets (15.9%).

Over the next 20 years, the number of in-service aircraft worldwide according to Boeing is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of 3.5% to reach 48,540 aircraft in 2037.

African airlines will need 1,190 new airplanes over the next 20 years to accommodate the traffic growth forecasts, according to Boeing.

 

Malawian Airlines
Malawian Airlines

Of this aircraft demand forecast, 54.6% of the deliveries to African airlines will be single-aisle airplanes, 16.56% will be widebody airplanes while regional jet deliveries will total less than 2%. In dollar terms, Africa will invest almost $170 billion in new airplanes.

Considering that, here are the top 10 African airlines with the largest fleet size as of 2018, according to the African Airlines Association (AFAA).

Ethiopian Airlines – 108

 

Ethiopian Airlines plane. (The Standard) Ethiopian Airlines plane. (The Standard)

EgyptAir – 65

 

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Air Algerie – 59

 

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Royal Air Maroc – 56

 

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South African Airways – 45

 

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South African Airways

Kenya Airways – 37

 

A Kenya Airways Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 is seen inside a hangar at their headquarters in Nairobi. A Kenya Airways Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 is seen inside a hangar at their headquarters in Nairobi.

Tunisair – 27

 

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Air Mauritius – 14

 

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TAAG Angola Airlines – 13

 

A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 777-300ER plane takes off from Lisbon's airport, Portugal April 24, 2018. A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 777-300ER plane takes off from Lisbon’s airport, Portugal April 24, 2018.

RwandAir – 12

 

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