Last week (starting May 16), US passenger airlines carried 66% of pre-crisis passenger volume on 76% of the flights utilizing 89% of their fleet.
In the US, many COVID-era records for number of departures were set last week:
- Arlines: American, United, JetBlue, Alaska, Spirit, Frontier, SkyWest, Republic, Envoy, PSA, Horizon, and GoJet.
- Airports: ATL, LAX, ORD, DFW, DEN, JFK, SFO, SEA, MCO, EWR, BOS, and MSP.
The overall number of US passenger departures and derived load factor (TSA screenings / US pax aircraft departure) also set new records.
Notable fleet shifts since week of April 18 were mostly related to the the return of many of recently grounded MAX aircraft (see chart further below for details).
- Southwest: -5 B737, +5 B38M
- Delta: +6 A321
- American: +17 B38M, +14 B738
- United: +16 B39M, +8 B763
- Alaska: +4 B39M
Update: Grounding Issues Grounding MAXes
Based on these numbers, it looks like the latest round of grounding issues that impacted more recent MAX deliveries are being addressed; most of the US carriers have flown their MAXes in the last week, though it looks like Southwest still has a few that haven't gotten back into the air.
Departures by Airport
If interested on an airport-by-airport breakdown, FlightAware now has
an excellent interactive graph for each airport with their data; scroll
to the bottom of the respective airport page to see. Here's MSP as an example.
Departures by Airline
Fleet Evolution by Airline
Nick lives in Burnsville, MN with his wife and three children. He grooves on railroad and aviation photography, geography, weather, and LEGO. A freelance web developer, he started JetTip's smart flight alert service in 2017. He can frequently be found atop a step ladder at MSP's Aircraft Viewing Area.