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] The term "major carrier" or "major airline" can also refer to traditional legacy carriers, distinguishing them from startup and low-cost carriers.


As of January 2016, there were 18 major carriers:[1]

Mainline passenger[edit]

Regional airlines[edit]

Freight carriers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Air carrier groupings". Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics Office of Airline Information Accounting and Reporting Directive Research and Innovative Technology Administration. October 1, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016.