World's largest airlines

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There are several ways of defining the world's largest airline, and as such, several different airlines can claim the title at the same time. Delta Air Lines, for example, has carried more scheduled passengers annually than any other airline since its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008. United Airlines, however, flies more passenger-kilometres annually and serves more destinations than Delta. FedEx Express is the largest cargo airline, both in freight tonne-kilometers flown (a measure of not just how many packages are delivered, but how much weight is delivered and over what distance), and in fleet size.

By revenue[edit]

Lufthansa is the launch customer of the Boeing 747-8, here after take-off at Frankfurt Airport.

From Forbes 2000 world's biggest public companies :[1]

Rank Airline country revenue ($B) profit ($B) assets ($B) market cap. ($B)
1 Deutsche Lufthansa Germany 39.7 1.3 37.5 9.7
2 American Airlines 1 United States 38.7 -1.3 32.9 3.9
3 United Continental Holdings United States 64 -0.7 37.6 10.3
4 Delta Air Lines United States 36.7 1 44.6 13.6
5 Air France-KLM France Netherlands 33.8 -1.6 34.7 3.1
6 International Airlines Group United Kingdom Spain 23.9 -1.2 25.6 7.6
7 All Nippon Airways Japan 17.1 0.3 23.5 7.8
8 Southwest Airlines United States 17.1 0.4 18.6 9
9 Qantas Airways Australia 16.1 -0.3 21.7 4.1
10 China Southern Airlines China 15.7 0.4 22.9 5.8
Notes

By passengers carried (millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Ref.
1 United States American Airlines1 193.7 107.8 107.2 105.2 104.5
[2]
2 United States Delta Air Lines2 164.6 164.6 163.8 162.6 161.1
[3]
3 United States United Airlines3 139.2 140.4 141.8 145.6 144.3
[4]
4 United States Southwest Airlines4 133.2 134.0 127.6 106.2 101.3
[5]
5 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 81.4 79.3 75.8 72.1 66.5
[6]
6 China China Eastern Airlines7 79.1 73.1 68.7 64.9 44.0
[7]
7 Germany Lufthansa5 76.3 74.7 65.5 58.9 55.6
[8]
8 China China Southern Airlines 64.5 61.8 58.7 57.7 49.4
[9]
9 United Kingdom easyJet6 61.3 59.2 55.5 49.7 46.1
[10]
10 China Air China 51.0 49.7 48.5 46.2 39.8
[11]
Notes

By passenger-kilometres flown (millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Ref.
1 United States American Airlines3 346,878 330,323 219,492 216,132 209,321
[12]
2 United States United Airlines1 330,184 330,696 334,989 338,833 327,479
[13]
3 United States Delta Air Lines2 313,803 310,562 310,228 310,875 304,074
[14]
4 United Arab Emirates Emirates 215,353 188,606 160,549 146,205 126,331
[15]
5 United States Southwest Airlines4 167,932 165,561 157,044 125,604 119,826
[16]
6 Germany Lufthansa5 153,334 149,780 141,055 129,668 122,991
[17]
7 China China Southern Airlines8 148,417 135,535 122,344 111,328 93,002
[18]
8 China Air China9 141,967 129,773 123,489 105,695 75,474
[19]
9 France Air France6 139,824 137,606 135,129 127,763 128,326
[20][21]
10 United Kingdom British Airways7 131,333 126,436 117,348 106,082 114,346
[22]
Notes

By freight tonne-kilometres flown (millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2012
1 United States FedEx Express 16,108
2 United States UPS Airlines 10,416
3 United Arab Emirates Emirates SkyCargo 9,319
4 Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo 8,433
5 South Korea Korean Air Cargo 8,144
6 Germany Lufthansa Cargo 7,175
7 Singapore Singapore Airlines Cargo 6,694
8 United Kingdom British Airways World Cargo 4,732
9 Taiwan China Airlines Cargo 4,538
10 Taiwan EVA Air Cargo 4,470
Notes

By fleet size[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Rank Airline Fleet size Ref.
1 United States Delta Air Lines3 1265
[24]
2 United States United Airlines2 909
[25]
3 United States Southwest Airlines4 676
[26]
4 United States American Airlines1 631
[27]
5 China China Eastern Airlines8 451
[28]
6 Germany Lufthansa5 433
[29]
7 China China Southern Airlines 415
[30]
8 Canada Air Canada6 363
[31]
9 France Air France7 350
[32]
10 China Air China 316
[33]
Notes

Cargo airlines[edit]

Rank Airline Fleet size Ref.
1 United States FedEx Express 643
[34]
2 Germany DHL 250
[35]
3 United States UPS Airlines 237
[36]
4 Belgium TNT Airways 182
[37]
5 South Korea Korean Air Cargo 27
[38]
6 China China Postal Airlines 22
[39]
7 Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo 22
[40]
8 Taiwan China Airlines Cargo 21
[41]
9 Luxembourg Cargolux 20
[42]
10 Germany Lufthansa Cargo 20
[43]

By number of destinations[edit]

Rank Airline Destinations Ref.
1 United States United Airlines 1 369
[44]
2 United States American Airlines 2 340
[45]
3 United States Delta Air Lines 3 322
[46]
4 Turkey Turkish Airlines 9 254
[47]
5 Germany Lufthansa 5 218
[48]
6 China China Eastern Airlines 4 211
[49]
7 United Kingdom British Airways 7 197
[50]
8 France Air France 6 194
[51]
9 China China Southern Airlines 193
[52]
10 Canada Air Canada 8 181
[53]
11 France XL Airways France 134
[54]


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See also[edit]

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