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
Freight and Passenger Charter 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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