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, grouped accordingly as "Group III".[1]


According to FY2017 revenues,[1] there are 18 major carriers who meet the requirement for Group III status:[a]

Mainline passenger[edit]

Regional passenger[edit]


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  1. ^ Considered by DOT to be effective January 1, 2018. The only change made to Group III's lineup between FY2016 and FY2017 was the re-addition of Envoy Air — who, having failed to meet the criterion for Group III status in FY2016, regained it for FY2017.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Chadwick, Jr., William; Gorham, Jeff (October 31, 2017). "Air Carrier Groupings 2018 (No.325)" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Accounting and Reporting Directive of the Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, United States Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 15, 2017.