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 Boeing 777-200ER
Lufthansa Airbus A380-800
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 83,000
3 United Continental Holdings United States 37.5 7.1 40.9 17.1 84,000
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 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 9.97 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]

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

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

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

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

By fleet size[edit]

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Rank Airline Fleet (December 2013)[17]
1 United States American Airlines 1,494
2 United States Delta Air Lines 1,280
3 United States United Airlines 1,264
4 United States Southwest Airlines 683
5 United States FedEx Express 634
6 China China Southern Airlines 423
7 Germany Lufthansa 401
8 France Air France 381
9 Canada Air Canada 354
10 China China Eastern Airlines 349

By number of countries served[edit]

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Rank Airline countries served (March 2013)[18]
1 Turkey Turkish Airlines 106
2 Germany Lufthansa 83
3 France Air France 78
3 United Kingdom British Airways 78
5 Qatar Qatar Airways 73
6 United States Delta Air Lines 71
7 United Arab Emirates Emirates 70
8 Netherlands KLM 66
8 Egypt Egyptair 66
10 United States United Airlines 60

By number of destinations Served[original research?][edit]

Rank Airline Destinations served (August 2016)
1 United States American Airlines 350
2 United States United Airlines 342
3 United States Delta Air Lines 335
4 Turkey Turkish Airlines 290
5 Germany Lufthansa 220
6 China China Eastern Airlines 217
7 France Air France 204
8 Canada Air Canada 200
9 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 192
10 China China Southern Airlines 190

See also[edit]

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