Thanks for following along, everyone; here's to positive growth across all of these charts through the end of 2021!

Last week (starting December 27), US passenger airlines carried 47% of pre-crisis passenger volume on 62% of the flights utilizing 81% of their fleet.

The surge of travel over Christmas was pretty impressive - certainly the largest volume of people traveling since COVID; estimated load factors were ~75% last week, up from ~55% in early December.

Noteworthy fleet shifts since the end of November, by airline:

  • Delta: +5 B764; +7 B752 (would have to double-check, but believe that's mostly the 757 VIP fleet reactivating for NBA charters)
  • American: -11 A319; +8 B38M
  • Alaska: +6 B738
  • JetBlue: +1 BCS3
  • Spirit: +6 A319 (all were grounded all of October; have been trickling back since)

Departures by Airport

Departures by Airline

Airline Fleet Evolution

Please note: the percent change shown in the legend on these charts is most recent week vs. March 1.

Nick Benson

Nick lives in Burnsville, Minnesota with his wife and three children. He grooves on railroad and aviation photography, politics, geography, weather, and LEGO. He started JetTip's smart flight alert service in 2017, and is now a full-time avgeek. He can frequently be found atop a step ladder at MSP's Aircraft Viewing Area.