Talk:Major airlines of the United States

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The article has a list of current major carriers. But, is there any guarantee that someone will edit the article when the list needs to be updated due to changes in the industry? Instead of "current", the article should use the "As of" followed by a date style. (talk) 02:49, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Major Airline Definition[edit]

US DOT BTS (Bureau of Transportation Statistics) considers only revenue in its airline groupings, although it doesn't use the term "major". Dusty.crockett (talk) 19:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

The gray chart needs to be removed[edit]

This information is a list of the major certificated airline carriers with x amount of dollars of business.........not the independent affiliates and, express, connection, airlink, brands....

Suggestion chart be removed —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:31, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

World Wide View[edit]

Hi. I have tagged with article with {{globalize/US|date=June 2013}} due to the article only talking about US carriers and not airlines from other parts of the world. Thanks --JetBlast (talk) 22:18, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Quick Note[edit]

These are NOT mainline airlines. They use mainline sized aircraft though. I am sure previous edits were simply misguided by poorly informed though well intentioned.

I could be wrong though, perhaps Southwest Airlines or Virgin Airlines have subcontracted out flying to airlines that fly aircraft with less than 74-100 seats. I could have missed the latest news.

These are indeed mainline airlines in that they fly mainline-sized aircraft on their own behalf. Calling an airline mainline is not limited to network carriers that subcontract feeder flights to the regionals. Your understanding of the terms is completely wrong. As is your understanding of the Wikipedia manual of style, based on your other edits. Section headers are not to contain links and are not used in place of bulleted lists. Please review these items before continuing. oknazevad (talk) 01:23, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

NO --- your understanding of mainline is incorrect it appears ... But personally I am not invested in your shortsightedness but am concerned when you misguide others along with your stalking — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:23, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Revisit of Headings[edit]

I would like to seek consensus to change the headings. As of now, they are:

Mainline passenger
Regional airlines
Freight carriers

As of now, the first heading is called Mainline passenger. But regionals also carry passengers, so I'm not sure why this is left off in the regional heading. I suspect the odd repetitive rhythm that would have resulted from calling it Mainline airline is why they're not both just called "airlines". As it stands now they are clumsily mixed — "Mainline" is paired with "passenger" while "Regional" is paired with "airlines". I also suspect the reason why the third heading is called Freight carrier is the popular misconception that only airlines carry people. I suggest it be changed to the following:

Mainline passenger airlines   OR   Mainline passenger
Regional passenger airlines   OR   Regional passenger
Freight airlines              OR   Freight

Rationale: Switching to these newer headings would use the standard phrase airlines after one of the three distinctions (e.g., Mainline passenger / Regional passenger / Freight). OR for brevity, these could be narrowed down to just Mainline passenger / Regional passenger / Freight and drop the airline part altogether. The only problem with this might be the terminology of "regional" versus mainline. Are these terms outdated? It's illustrative to note that in the one DOT source the Major airlines of the United States article is based on, those particular distinctions have been abandoned.[1] Also I noticed the discussion a few years ago regarding the name of the headings, and the use of WikiLinks with them. I'm wondering shouldn't these be changed as well (and by 'changed' I mean turned off). Anyone please chime in.  Spintendo  ᔦᔭ  18:10, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Either is fine by me. Brevity is good, so I cannot disagree with simply removing the word "airline" while adding "passenger" to the regionals for clarity. I'll take care of that. As for the wikilinks, WP:MOSHEAD is pretty clear about them not being linked, so I'll take care of that as well. oknazevad (talk) 20:27, 17 November 2017 (UTC)


  1. ^ Chadwick, Jr., William; Gorham, Jeff (October 31, 2017). "Air Carrier Groupings 2018 (FY2017— #325)" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Accounting and Reporting Directive of the Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation Statistics — Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 15, 2017.