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. For example, American Airlines has carried more scheduled passengers annually than any other airline since its merger with US Airways in 2013. United Airlines, however, flies more passenger-kilometers annually than American and serves more destinations than Delta Air Lines. 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 (except Emirates Airlines, which isn't a public company, taken from the 2013//14 annual report and converted at the 31 March 2014 exchange rate) :[1]

Rank Airline country revenue ($B) profit ($B) assets ($B) market cap. ($B)
1 American Airlines Group1 United States 42.7 1.9 42.3 35.8
2 Lufthansa Group GermanyAustriaSwitzerland 39.9 0.4 40.1 12.3
3 United Airlines United States 38.3 0.6 36.8 23.6
4 Delta Air Lines United States 37.7 2.7 59.4 39.9
5 Air France-KLM France Netherlands 34 -2.4 35 4.7
6 International Airlines Group United Kingdom Spain 24.7 1.6 28.6 14.3
7 Emirates Airlines United Arab Emirates 22.0 0.9 27.6 State owned
8 Southwest Airlines United States 17.7 0.8 19.3 16.8
9 All Nippon Airways Japan 16 0.2 20.5 7.6
10 China Southern Airlines China 15.9 0.3 27.3 3.7
Notes

By passengers carried (millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Metric Ref.
1 United States American Airlines Group1 193.7 107.8 107.2 105.2 104.5 Enplanements
[2]
2 United States Delta Air Lines2 164.6 164.6 163.8 162.6 161.1 Passengers boarded
[3]
3 United States United Airlines3 139.2 140.4 141.8 145.6 81.4 Onboard passengers
[4]
4 United States Southwest Airlines4 133.1 133.9 135.2 106.2 101.3 Enplaned passengers
[5]
5 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 86.4 81.4 79.3 75.8 72.1 66.5 Passengers
[6]
6 China China Eastern Airlines5 79.1 73.1 68.7 64.9 44.0 Number of passengers carried
[7]
7 Germany Lufthansa6 77.5 76.3 74.7 65.5 58.9 55.6 Passengers
[8]
8 Brazil Chile LATAM Airlines7 66.7 65.0 19.7 17.3 15.4 Transported Passengers
[9]
9 China China Southern Airlines 64.5 61.8 58.7 57.7 49.4
[10]
10 United Kingdom easyJet8 65.3 61.3 59.2 55.5 49.7 46.1 Earned seats flown
[11]
Notes

By passenger-kilometres flown (millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Ref.
1 United States American Airlines Group1 346,878 330,323 219,492 216,132 209,321
[12]
2 United States United Airlines2 330,184 330,696 334,989 338,833 327,479
[13]
3 United States Delta Air Lines3 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 Airlines6 148,417 135,535 122,344 111,328 93,002
[18]
8 China Air China7 141,967 129,773 123,489 105,695 75,474
[19]
9 France Air France8 139,824 137,606 135,129 127,763 128,326
[20][21]
10 United Kingdom British Airways9 131,333 126,436 117,348 106,082 114,346
[22]
Notes

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

Rank Airline 2013
1 United States FedEx Express 16,127
2 United States UPS Airlines 10,584
3 United Arab Emirates Emirates SkyCargo 10,459
4 Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo 8,241
5 South Korea Korean Air Cargo 7,666
6 Germany Lufthansa Cargo 7,218
7 Singapore Singapore Airlines Cargo 6,240
8 Luxembourg Cargolux 5,225
9 Qatar Qatar Airways Cargo 4,972
10 Taiwan China Airlines Cargo 4,813
Notes

By fleet size[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Rank Airline Fleet size Ref.
1 United States American Airlines Group1 962
[24]
2 United States Delta Air Lines2 773
[25]
3 United States United Airlines3 702
[26]
4 United States Southwest Airlines 646
[27]
5 China China Southern Airlines4 578
[28]
6 China Air China5 552
[29]
7 China China Eastern Airlines6 492
[30]
8 Germany Lufthansa7 433
[31]
9 Canada Air Canada8 363
[32]
10 Turkey Turkish Airlines 271
[33]
Notes

Cargo airlines[edit]

Rank Airline Fleet size Ref.
1 United States FedEx Express 656
[34]
2 Germany DHL 250
[35]
3 United States UPS Airlines 237
[36]
4 Belgium TNT Airways 37
[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 Airlines1 374
[44]
2 United States American Airlines Group2 344
[45]
3 United States Delta Air Lines3 333
[46]
4 Turkey Turkish Airlines4 268
[47]
5 Germany Lufthansa5 218
[48]
6 United Kingdom British Airways7 212
[49]
7 China China Eastern Airlines6 217
[50]
8 Canada Air Canada8 194
[51]
9 France Air France9 191
[52]
10 China China Southern Airlines 190
[53]
Notes

See also[edit]

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