World's largest airlines

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The world's largest airlines can be defined in several ways. American Airlines Group is the largest by its fleet size, revenue, profit, passengers carried and revenue passenger mile. Delta Air Lines is the largest by assets value and market capitalization. Lufthansa Group is the largest by number of employees, FedEx Express by freight tonne-kilometers, Ryanair by number of international passengers carried and Turkish Airlines by number of countries served.

By airline companies revenue[edit]

American Airlines is the largest by fleet size, revenue, profit, passengers carried and RPK
Lufthansa is the largest by number of employees
Forbes' World’s Biggest Public Companies[1]
Rank Airline country revenue ($B) profit ($B) assets ($B) market cap. ($B) employees
1 American Airlines Group[2]  United States 40.99 7.61 48.41 22.1 118,500
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 40.5 4.7 53.3 34.4 80,000
3 United Continental Holdings  United States 37.5 7.1 40.9 17.1 83,000
4 Lufthansa Group  Germany 35.5 1.9 36.3 7.3 120,652
5 Air France-KLM  France  Netherlands 28.9 0.131 25.3 2.7 96,417
6 International Airlines Group  Spain  United Kingdom  Ireland 25.3 1.7 30.7 15.4 60,862
7 Southwest Airlines  United States 20.2 2.2 22.2 30.2 49,600
8 China Southern Airlines  China 17.7 0.620 28.7 8.4 87,202
9 China Eastern Airlines  China 14.9 0.730 30.1 10.9 71,033
10 All Nippon Airways  Japan 14.7 0.497 19.1 9.9 33,719

Note that Emirates Airlines is a government-owned company and is thus not included in this list of public companies. Its 2014-2015 revenue was DH 88.819 billion (US$24.2 billion), profit DH 4.555 billion (US$1.24 billion), and assets DH 111.362 billion (US$30.34 billion) with 56,725 employees.

By passengers carried (thousands)[edit]

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Rank Airline Country 2015[3] 2014[4] 2013[5] 2012[6] 2011[7]
1 American Airlines  United States 146,530 87,830 86,823 86,335 86,042
2 Southwest Airlines  United States 144,575 129,087 115,323 112,234 110,587
3 Delta Air Lines  United States 138,842 129,433 120,636 116,726 113,731
4 China Southern Airlines  China 109,301 100,683 91,504 86,277 80,545
5 Ryanair  Ireland 101,401 86,370 81,395 79,649 76,422
6 United Airlines  United States 95,384 90,439 90,161 92,619 50,473
7 China Eastern Airlines  China 75,139 66,174 62,653 79,611
8 Easyjet  United Kingdom 70,232 62,309 58,410
9 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 60 198
10 Air China  China 58,661 54,674
Lufthansa  Germany 59,850 63,273 64,393 63,012

LATAM carried 67.833 million passengers in 2014, more than China Eastern, and Turkish Airlines 54.675, more than Air China. These reports are not given by the IATA and could be from multiple air operator's certificates.

By scheduled passenger-kilometres flown (millions)[edit]

Ryanair carries more international passengers than other airlines
Rank Airline Country 2015[8] 2014[9] 2013[10] 2012[11] 2011[12]
1 American Airlines  United States 320,813 208,046 206,551 203,336 203,485
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 302,512 290,862 277,560 271,567 269,724
3 United Airlines  United States 294,970 287,547 286,802 288,282 160,270
4 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 251,190 230,855 209,377 180,880 153,264
5 China Southern Airlines  China 189,186 166,074 147,841 135,021 121,944
6 Southwest Airlines  United States 189,097 162,445 145,124 137,708 134,918
7 Lufthansa  Germany 145,904 143,403 144,236 142,512 140,972
8 British Airways  United Kingdom 140,780 137,204 130,129 124,318 116,864
9 Air France  France 139,217 134,528 136,405 135,821 133,035
10 Ryanair  Ireland 125,194

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

Rank Airline Country 2015[8] 2014[13] 2013[14] 2012[15] 2011[16]
1 FedEx Express  United States 15,799 16,020 16,127 16,108 15,939
2 Emirates SkyCargo  United Arab Emirates 12,157 11,240 10,459 9,319 8,132
3 UPS Airlines  United States 10,807 10,936 10,584 10,416 10,566
4 Cathay Pacific Cargo  Hong Kong 9,935 9,464 8,241 8,433 9,109
5 Korean Air Cargo  South Korea 7,761 8,079 7,666 8,144 8,974
6 Qatar Airways Cargo  Qatar 7,660 5,997 4,972
7 Lufthansa Cargo  Germany 6,888 7,054 7,218 7,175 7,674
8 Cargolux  Luxembourg 6,309 5,753 5,225
9 Singapore Airlines Cargo  Singapore 6,083 6,019 6,240 6,694 7,118
10 Air China Cargo  China 5,718
China Airlines Cargo  Taiwan 5,266 4,813 4,538 5,411

By fleet size[edit]

Delta Air Lines is the largest by assets value and market capitalization
Rank Airline Country Fleet (June 2016)[17]
1 American Airlines  United States 1,789[a]
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 1,330[a]
3 United Airlines  United States 1,229[a]
4 Southwest Airlines  United States 720
5 FedEx Express  United States 688
6 China Southern Airlines  China 515
7 China Eastern Airlines  China 453
8 Air Canada  Canada 404[a]
9 Air China  China 393[b]
10 Ryanair  Ireland 349
  1. ^ a b c d Includes aircraft operated by regional partners
  2. ^ Includes aircraft operated by Air China Cargo

By number of countries served[edit]

Turkish Airlines serves the largest number of countries
Rank Airline Country countries served (March 2013)[18]
1 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 106
2 Lufthansa  Germany 83
3 Air France  France 78
3 British Airways  UK 78
5 Qatar Airways  Qatar 73
6 Delta Air Lines  United States 71
7 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 70
8 KLM  Netherlands 66
8 Egyptair  Egypt 66
10 United Airlines  United States 60

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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