Major airlines of the United States

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The United States Department of Transportation defines a major carrier or major airline carrier as a U.S.-based airline that posts more than $1 billion in revenue during a fiscal year.[1]

Carrier Group
Air Carrier Group Annual revenue in $
Majors Group III Over $1 billion
Nationals Group II Over $100 million to $1 billion
Large regionals Group I Over $20 million to $99.9 million
Medium regionals Group I Over $0 million to $19.9 million


As of April 2014, there were 19 major carriers:[1]

Mainline passenger
Regional airlines
Freight carriers

The term "major carrier" or "major airline" can also refer to traditional legacy carriers, distinguishing them from startup and low-cost carriers.

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