How many flights does a commercial plane make per year? And how many years do they typically stay in service?

An average would be ok, but please support it with fact or data of some sort, not just a guess.


Well how many miles would it typically fly per year then? Like a 747 size

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    Depends on the aircraft and the type of service it is operated in. Short haul regional jets will do as many as 6-8 short hops per day, while domestic long haul, like from JFK to LAX may only do 2 flights. International flights, like LA to Tokyo may only run one flight per day.

    Aircraft with pressurized cabins are usually limited to a specific number of cycles (take-off, cruise, landing) before they must be retired. Non-pressurized aircraft can fly as long as the owner/operator wants to keep up with proper maintenance.

    Most commercial airlines will run their aircraft at least 6 days per week, and 48 weeks a year. (given an average of 4 weeks per year down for maintenance) If a long-haul 747 flies 6,000 miles per day, you can do the math.

    Source(s): I am a licensed aircraft mechanic (A&P)
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The age (or use) of airplanes is better seen by their cycles -

    A cycle is a takeoff, cruise and landing -

    A 747 flies long sectors - 10-12 hrs average - sometimes even more -

    For these, 1 cycle per day is a good utilisation -

    A 737 would average flights of 2 hours duration -

    They generally average 4 cycles per day, sometimes even 5 -

    I am certain an airline like Southwest has great use of their 737 -

    The last airplanes I flew (747) were nearly 30 years of age -

    They were being retired, and could be converted to cargo airplanes -

    Maybe fly another 5 or 10 years -

    With high cycles, 737 have a shorter lifespan in years -

    They average 20 years lifetime -

    If you want to have an idea, use your calculator -

    Above airplanes fly an average of 500 mph -

    They fly 300 days a year, 10 hours each day flying -

    Multiply all these numbers and you get an fairly accurate answer -

    Source(s): Retired airline pilot
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  • 9 years ago

    Depends on the model and route it flies. Say a 747 flies from Chicago to Tokyo, less flights, more mile flown. A 737 flies from Atlanta to Miami, more flights, less miles.

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