Now available on Aviation Week Intelligence Network: a ranking of average aircraft ages, by country, for widebodies, narrowbodies and regional jets. The analysis is based on a fleet database that includes aircraft ages (AWIN Fleets), and was calculated only for aircraft delivered and in active service for any purpose: commercial, military or private.
You also can read my summary and highlights of these figures--by region as well as by country--in a series of AWIN-only stories. For widebody aircraft in active service, the highest average age is in North America, where the jets are about four years older than those for airlines in Africa and five years older than in Europe or the Middle East. For narrowbody aircraft, airlines in Africa and the Caribbean are operating the oldest, and in countries where airlines have at least 100 of the jets in active service the highest average ages are Venezuela, Iran, South Africa, Canada and the U.S. Africa also is home to the oldest regional jets, by region, but some countries rank higher.