OAG data shows that something interesting happened over the last decade. Boeing began dominant, with the 737 outpacing Airbus A320 aircraft in scheduled flights and time in the air – and several Boeing planes cracking the top 10.
At the end of the decade the A320 family was ahead of the 737, and both the Boeing 757 and MD80 had dropped out of the race for dominance in scheduled flights. The Boeing 777 became more popular, and 787s spend more time in the air than Airbus A350s. However the 767 is slowly fading from the scene.
American Airlines Airbus A321T
American Airlines Boeing 787-8 in Chicago
Boeing’s widebodies – the 777s and 787s – remain strong. However its product mix has become more limited, without an ‘NMA’ or middle market aircraft (the Airbus A321XLR seems to be doing well in this segment attracting orders) and the once-dominant 737 hasn’t kept up with Airbus narrowbodies.
Here are the top 10 aircraft by number of flights scheduled in 2019:
|Airbus A320 Family||12,762,758|
|Boeing 737 Family||10,478,659|
And here are the top 10 aircraft based on minutes in the air. This is going to skew more heavily towards larger aircraft that fly longer distances, albeit fewer takeoffs and landings. That’s why we see the 777 higher up on this list and the 787 and 767 on this list but not the previous one.
|Aircraft Type||Flying Time (Minutes)|
|Airbus A320 Family||1,772,333,624|
|Boeing 737 Family||1,507,650,968|