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25 airlines flying oldest planes in the world

September 27, 2013 08:46 IST

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While airlines like Emirates and Qatar Airways are using new planes, there are some carriers that have ageing fleet.

Let's take a look at some airlines having oldest fleet in the world.

Source: Bloomberg Visual Data

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Image: A plane flies above a traffic sign as it approaches Berlin's Tegel airport for landing in Germany.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters

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Allegiant Air

Headquarters: Enterprise, Nevada

Country: The United States

Average age of planes: 23.0 years

Overall rank: 1

Allegiant Air, which was founded in 1997, is a low-cost carrier in America.

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Image: An Allegiant Air plane takes off from the Monterey airport in Monterey, California, United States.
Photographs: Michael Fiala/Reuters

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Delta Air Lines

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

Country: The United States

Average age of planes: 15.8 years

Overall rank: 2

Delta Air Lines, which was founded in 1924, is a major American carrier.

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Image: A Delta Air Lines aircraft lands at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Photographs: Tami Chappell/Reuters

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Aeromexico

Headquarters: Mexico City

Country: Mexico

Average age of planes: 15.2 years

Overall rank: 3

Aeromexico, which was founded in 1934, is the national carrier of Mexico.

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Image: A plane spotter watches an Aeromexico aircraft land at Mexico City's international airport, Mexico.
Photographs: Daniel Aguilar/Reuters

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Southwest Airlines

Headquarters: Dallas, Texas

Country: The United States

Average age of planes: 14.7 years

Overall rank: 4

Southwest Airlines, which was founded in 1967, is the world's largest low-cost carrier.

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Image: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet takes off at Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Photographs: Jeff Haynes/Reuters

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US Airways

Headquarters: Tempe, Arizona

Country: The United States

Average age of planes: 14.6 years

Overall rank: 5

US Airways, which was founded in 1937, employs 32,213 people worldwide and operates 3,028 daily flights.

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Image: A US Airways flight takes off from Bangor in Maine, United States.
Photographs: Joel Page/Reuters

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United Airlines

Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

Country: The United States

Average age of planes: 13.7 years

Overall rank: 6

United Airlines, which was founded in 1926, is the world's largest airline in terms of fleet size and number of destinations.

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Image: United Airlines planes take off and land at San Francisco airport, California, United States.
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Cathay Pacific Airways

Headquarters: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Average age of planes: 13.0 years

Overall rank: 7

Cathay Pacific Airways, which was founded in 1946, is the international flag carrier of Hong Kong.

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Image: A Cathay Pacific Airways passenger plane takes off at the Hong Kong Airport.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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Asiana Airlines

Headquarters: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Average age of planes: 12.6 years

Overall rank: 8

Asiana Airlines, which was founded in 1988, is one of South Korea's two major airlines.

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Image: Asiana Airlines planes are parked at a tarmac of Kimpo airport in Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters

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Lufthansa

Headquarters: Cologne

Country: Germany

Average age of planes: 12.4 years

Overall rank: 9

Lufthansa, which was founded in 1953, is the largest airline in Europe.

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Image: Lufthansa planes stand on the tarmac at Munich's international airport, Germany.
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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Norwegian Air

Headquarters: Stavanger

Country: Norway

Average age of planes: 12.3 years

Overall rank: 10

Norwegian Air, which was founded in 1993, is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe.

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Image: A Norwegian Air plane in the air near Oslo Airport in Norway.
Photographs: Kyrre Lien/Scanpix/Reuters

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Thai Airways

Headquarters: Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Average age of planes: 12.2 years

Overall rank: 11

Thai Airways, which was founded in 1960, flies to 75 destinations in 35 countries, using a fleet of more than 80 aircraft.

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Image: A Thai Airways plane sits on the tarmac at Singapore's Changi Airport.
Photographs: Janice Kaur/Reuters

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Air France

Headquarters: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Tremblay-en-France

Country: France

Average age of planes: 11.5 years

Overall rank: 12

Air France, which was founded in 1933, serves 35 destinations in France and operates services to 164 destinations in 93 countries.

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Image: Air France planes on the snow covered tarmac at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris.
Photographs: Julien Muguet/Reuters

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Eva Airways

Headquarters: Taoyuan County

Country: Taiwan

Average age of planes: 11.3 years

Overall rank: 13

Eva Airways, which was founded in 1989, operates to more than 40 international destinations.

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Image: Eva Airways aircraft painted with Hello Kitty characters takes off at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Kyodo/Reuters

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Garuda Airlines

Headquarters: Banten

Country: Indonesia

Average age of planes: 11.3 years

Overall rank: 14

Garuda Airlines, which was founded in 1949, is the flag carrier of Indonesia.

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Image: A Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet owned by Indonesia Garuda Airlines waits on the tarmac for take off at Jakarta's International Airport in Indonesia.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Air New Zealand

Headquarters: Auckland City

Country: New Zealand

Average age of planes: 11.2 years

Overall rank: 15

Air New Zealand, which was founded in 1939, is the national airline of New Zealand.

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Image: An Air New Zealand plane taxis at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand.
Photographs: Nigel Marple/Reuters

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Japan Airlines

Headquarters: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Average age of planes: 11.2 years

Overall rank: 16

Japan Airlines, which was founded in 1951, is the flag carrier of Japan.

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Image: A Japan Airlines's plane at New Tokyo international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Shohei Miyano/Reuters

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Philippines Airline

Headquarters: Pasay City

Country: The Philippines

Average age of planes: 11.2 years

Overall rank: 17

Philippines Airline, which was founded in 1935, is the oldest commercial airline in Asia.

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Image: A Philippines Airline plane lands at Manila's airport in the Philippines.
Photographs: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

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China Airlines

Headquarters: Taoyuan

Country: Taiwan

Average age of planes: 11.0 years

Overall rank: 18

China Airlines, which was founded in 1959, is the largest airline in Taiwan.

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Image: An aircraft of China Airlines takes off from the Fraport airport in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photographs: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

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Alaska Airlines

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Country: The United States

Average age of planes: 10.6 years

Overall rank: 19

Alaska Airlines, which was founded in 1932, operates flights in the United States, Canada, Mexico and four Hawaiian Islands.

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Image: Alaska Airlines planes at a terminal at SeaTac Airport in Seattle, Washington, United States.
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Hainan Airlines

Headquarters: Hainan

Country: China

Average age of planes: 10.1 years

Overall rank: 20

Hainan Airlines, which was founded in 1989, is the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in China.

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Image: A Hainan Airlines Boeing prepares to land at Haikou, capital of the southern island province of Hainan, China.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters

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Korean Air

Headquarters: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Average age of planes: 9.9 years

Overall rank: 21

Korean Air, which was founded in 1946, is the largest airline of South Korea.

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Image: Korean Air's planes are parked at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters

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All Nippon Airways

Headquarters: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Average age of planes: 9.8 years

Overall rank: 22

All Nippon Airways, which was founded in 1952, operates to 49 destinations in Japan and 32 international routes.

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Image: All Nippon Airways's Dreamliner lands at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Yuya Shino/Reuters

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Gol

Headquarters: Sao Paulo

Country: Brazil

Average age of planes: 9.5 years

Overall rank: 23

Gol, which was founded in 2000, is a Brazilian low-cost airline.

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Image: Gol passenger jets prepare to depart Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Photographs: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

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KLM

Headquarters: Amstelveen

Country: The Netherlands

Average age of planes: 9.4 years

Overall rank: 24

KLM, which was founded in 1919, is the flag carrier of the Netherlands.

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Image: A KLM airline passenger jet rolls behind an Air France plane at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris, France.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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Westjet

Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta

Country: Canada

Average age of planes: 9.3 years

Overall rank: 25

Westjet, which was founded in 1996, is a Canadian low-cost carrier.


Image: A Westjet airline plane lands at the Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Photographs: Todd Korol/Reuters

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