Number of aircraft in the United States 1990-2022

Number of aircraft in the United States from 1990 to 2022

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Release date

June 2022


United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2021

Supplementary notes

* 2020 is estimated and 2021 figure is forecasted.
General aviation includes air taxi aircraft. Beginning in 2004, commuter activity is excluded from all estimates. Commuter activity was included in the air taxi use category in 2003 and prior.
For-hire air carrier aircraft are those carrying passengers or cargo for hire under 14 CFR 121 and 14 CFR 135. Beginning in 1990, the number of aircraft is the monthly average of the number of aircraft reported in use for the last three months of the year. For-hire air carriers include U.S. mainline carriers (passenger and cargo jets) and U.S. regional carriers.

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