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A passenger airline is an airline dedicated to the transport of passengers. Passenger airlines usually operate a fleet of passenger aircraft which, rather than being owned outright, are usually leased from commercial aircraft sales and leasing companies.
There are several types of passenger airlines, mainly
- Charter airlines, operating outside of regular schedule intervals
- Flag carriers – The historically nationally owned airlines that were considered representative of the country overseas.
- Legacy carriers – US carriers that predate the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978
- Major airlines of the United States – Airlines with at least $1 billion in revenues.
- Low-cost carriers, giving a "basic", "no-frills" and perceived inexpensive service
- Mainline airlines operate flights by the airline's main operating unit, rather than by regional affiliates or subsidiaries.
- Regional airlines, non-"mainline" airlines that operate regional aircraft. Regionals typically operate over shorter non-intercontinental distances, often as feeder services for legacy mainline networks.
- Business class airline – An airline aimed at the business traveler, featuring all business class seating and amenities.