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Nearly three years following the onset of the COVID pandemic, widebody aircraft are finally catching up to the narrowbody recovery. A recent influx of international flying across the Atlantic in summer 2022, followed by a long-awaited opening of markets in Southeast Asia, has brought many twin-aisle aircraft back to the skies.

At the same time, however, an early return for regional aircraft has turned into a consistent slide through 2022. With the bulk of the regional fleet operating in the large networks of the United States – the country experiencing a self-inflicted and increasingly acute pilot shortage. The result for 2022 is a concerted shift to large aircraft around the world.

Related: Aerospace settles into persistent single-aisle feast and twin-aisle famine

For a global fleet of commercial aircraft, the recovery is still not affecting all fleet types equally. This TAC Analysis dives into the fleet types finding renewed flying in the last leg of 2022 and those that find themselves on the retreat.

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Courtney Miller is Managing Director of Analysis for The Air Current. Miller most recently spent 10-years with Bombardier Aerospace, serving as director, North America sales for the company’s commercial aircraft line and led airline marketing and analysis for the western hemisphere for airlines in North and South America and the community of global aircraft lessors. Miller is also founder of, where he merged industry history and analysis with insightful and beautiful data visualization to illustrate contemporary trends. Miller is a 3,000-hour U.S. airline pilot and began his career flying for U.S. regional airline Comair. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University and a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Technology from Purdue University. He is based in the Dallas, Texas Metroplex.

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