World's largest airlines

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The world's largest airlines can be defined in several ways. American Airlines Group including US Airways is the largest by revenue, by profit and by its fleet size. Delta Air Lines is the biggest by assets and market capitalization, by passengers carried and Revenue Passenger Kilometer until American Airlines operates with a single air operator's certificate. Lufthansa Group is the largest by number of employees, FedEx Express by freight tonne-kilometers and Turkish Airlines by number of countries served.

By Public Companies revenue[edit]

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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 42.65 2.88 43.8 33.5 113,300
2 Delta Air Lines United States 40.3 .659 54.1 34.4 79,655
3 Lufthansa Group Germany 39.8 .073 37.0 6.5 118,781
4 United Airlines United States 38.9 1.1 37.4 23.1 84,000
5 Air France-KLM France 33.1 .263 28.1 2.7 94,666
6 International Airlines Group United Kingdom 26.7 1.3 28.6 18.2 59,484
7 Southwest Airlines United States 18.6 1.1 20.2 27.7 46,278
8 China Southern Airlines China 17.6 .288 30.6 11.7 82,132
9 All Nippon Airways Japan 15.9 .358 19.3 9.7 33,719
10 China Eastern Airlines China 14.6 .554 26.4 12.7 69,849

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 AD88.819 billion (US$24.2 billion), profit AD4.555 billion (US$1.24 billion), and assets AD111.362 billion (US$30.34) billion with 56,725 employees.[3]

By passengers carried (thousands)[edit]

Rank Airline 2014[4] 2013[5] 2012[6] 2011[7]
1 United States Delta Air Lines 129,433 120,636 116,726 113,731
2 United States Southwest Airlines 129,087 115,323 112,234 110,587
3 China China Southern Airlines 100,683 91,504 86,277 80,545
4 United States United Airlines 90,439 90,161 92,619 50,473
5 United States American Airlines 87,830 86,823 86,042 86,335
6 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 86,370 81,395 79,649 76,422
7 China China Eastern Airlines 66,174 62,653 79,611 53,933
8 United Kingdom easyJet 62,309 58,410
9 Germany Lufthansa 59,850 63,273 64,393 63,012
10 China Air China 54,577
United States US Airways 56,708 54,238 52,921
France Air France 50,636 49,769

By Scheduled Passenger - Kilometres Flown (Millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2014[8] 2013[9] 2012[10] 2011[11]
1 United States Delta Air Lines 290,862 277,560 271,567 269,724
2 United States United Airlines 287,547 286,802 288,282 160,270
3 United Arab Emirates Emirates 230,855 209,377 180,880 153,264
4 United States American Airlines 208,046 206,551 203,336 203,485
5 China China Southern Airlines 166,074 147,841 135,021 121,944
6 United States Southwest Airlines 162,445 145,124 137,708 134,918
7 Germany Lufthansa 143,403 144,236 142,512 140,972
8 United Kingdom British Airways 137,204 130,129 124,318 116,864
9 France Air France 134,528 136,405 135,821 133,035
10 China Air China 112,247
Australia Qantas Airways 110,203 108,051
United States Continental Airlines 131,583

By Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres (millions)[edit]

Rank Airline 2014[12] 2013 [13] 2012 [14] 2011 [15]
1 United States FedEx Express 16,020 16,127 16,108 15,939
2 United Arab Emirates Emirates SkyCargo 11,240 10,459 9,319 8,132
3 United States UPS Airlines 10,936 10,584 10,416 10,566
4 Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo 9,464 8,241 8,433 9,109
5 South Korea Korean Air Cargo 8,079 7,666 8,144 8,974
6 Germany Lufthansa Cargo 7,054 7,218 7,175 7,674
7 Singapore Singapore Airlines Cargo 6,019 6,240 6,694 7,118
8 Qatar Qatar Airways Cargo 5,997 4,972
9 Luxembourg Cargolux 5,753 5,225
10 Taiwan China Airlines Cargo 5,266 4,813 4,538 5,411
United Kingdom British Airways 4,732
Taiwan EVA Air 4,470 4,882
France Air France 4,702

By fleet size[edit]

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Rank Airline (including contract carriers) Fleet[16]
1 United States American Airlines Group 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]

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Rank Airline countries served[17]
1 Turkey Turkish Airlines 106
2 Germany Lufthansa 83
3 United Kingdom British Airways 78
3 France Air France 78
5 Qatar Qatar Airways 73
6 United States Delta Air Lines 71
7 United Arab Emirates Emirates Airlines 70
8 Egypt Egyptair 66
8 Netherlands KLM 66
10 United States United Airlines 60

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Global 2000 Leading Companies". Forbes. May 2015. 
  2. ^ "American Airlines Group". World’s Biggest Public Companies. Forbes. 
  3. ^ "annual report" (PDF). Emirates Airlines. 2015. p. 5.  Note: The exchange rate of the Dirham to the US Dollar is fixed at 3.67
  4. ^ "Scheduled Passengers Carried". World Air Transport Statistics 59th Edition. IATA. 
  5. ^ "Scheduled Passengers Carried". World Air Transport Statistics 58th Edition. IATA. 
  6. ^ "Scheduled Passengers Carried". World Air Transport Statistics 57th Edition. IATA. 
  7. ^ "Scheduled Passengers Carried". World Air Transport Statistics 56th Edition. IATA. 
  8. ^ "Scheduled Passenger - Kilometres Flown". World Air Transport Statistics 59th Edition. IATA. 
  9. ^ "Scheduled Passenger - Kilometres Flown". World Air Transport Statistics 58th Edition. IATA. 
  10. ^ "Scheduled Passenger - Kilometres Flown". World Air Transport Statistics 57th Edition. IATA. 
  11. ^ "Scheduled Passenger - Kilometres Flown". World Air Transport Statistics 56th Edition. IATA. 
  12. ^ "Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres". World Air Transport Statistics 59th Edition. IATA. 
  13. ^ "Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres". World Air Transport Statistics 58th Edition. IATA. 
  14. ^ "Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres". World Air Transport Statistics 57th Edition. IATA. 
  15. ^ "Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres". World Air Transport Statistics 56th Edition. IATA. 
  16. ^ "World Airline Fleets: Top 10 Aviation Armadas With Most Airplanes". FinancesOnline. 17 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Gunnar Garfors (5 March 2013). "These Airlines Fly to Most Countries". 

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