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 is the largest by fleet size, revenue, profit, passengers carried and RPK
Lufthansa is the largest by number of employees
Forbes' World's Biggest Public Companies[1]
Rank Airline Country Revenue
(US$B)
Profit
(US$B)
Assets
(US$B)
Market
cap.
(US$B)
Em-
ploy-
ees
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 80,000
3 United Continental Holdings  United States 37.5 7.1 40.9 17.1 83,000
4 Lufthansa  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 9.9 33,719

Note that Emirates 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[edit]

Rank Airline Country 2016[3] 2015[4] 2014[5] 2013[6] 2012[7] 2011[8]
1 American Airlines  United States 198,700,000 146,530,000 87,830,000 86,823,000 86,335,000 86,042,000
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 183,700,000 138,842,000 129,433,000 120,636,000 116,726,000 113,731,000
3 Southwest Airlines  United States 151,800,000 144,575,000 129,087,000 115,323,000 112,234,000 110,587,000
4 United Airlines  United States 143,200,000 95,384,000 90,439,000 90,161,000 92,619,000 50,473,000
5 Ryanair  Ireland 119,800,000 101,401,000 86,370,000 81,395,000 79,649,000 76,422,000
6 China Southern Airlines  China 84,900,000 109,301,000 100,683,000 91,504,000 86,277,000 80,545,000
7 China Eastern Airlines  China 80,900,000 75,139,000 66,174,000 62,653,000 79,611,000
8 easyJet  United Kingdom 73,100,000 70,232,000 62,309,000 58,410,000
9 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 62,800,000 60,198,000
10 Lufthansa  Germany 62,400,000 59,850,000 63,273,000 64,393,000 63,012,000
Air China  China 58,661,000 54,674,000

The IATA reports numbers for individual air operator's certificates and groups of multiple airlines can report larger numbers.

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By scheduled passenger-kilometres flown (millions)[edit]

Airline holding groups

Rank Group Country 2016[3]
1 American Airlines Group  United States 359,574
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 342,860
3 United Continental Holdings  United States 338,388
4 The Emirates Group  United Arab Emirates 276,608
5 International Airlines Group  Spain/ United Kingdom 243,474
6 Air France-KLM  France/ Netherlands 238,183
7 Lufthansa Group  Germany 226,633
8 China Southern Airlines  China 206,092
9 Southwest Airlines  United States 200,964
10 Air China  China 188,137

Individual airlines

Rank Airline Country 2016[9] 2015[10] 2014[11] 2013[12] 2012[13] 2011[14]
1 American Airlines  United States 320,044 320,813 208,046 206,551 203,336 203,485
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 308,088 302,512 290,862 277,560 271,567 269,724
3 United Airlines  United States 299,080 294,970 287,547 286,802 288,282 160,270
4 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 270,797 251,190 230,855 209,377 180,880 153,264
5 Southwest Airlines  United States 200,848 189,097 162,445 145,124 137,708 134,918
6 China Southern Airlines  China 205,720 189,186 166,074 147,841 135,021 121,944
7 Lufthansa  Germany 149,702 145,904 143,403 144,236 142,512 140,972
8 British Airways  United Kingdom 144,028 140,780 137,204 130,129 124,318 116,864
9 Ryanair  Ireland 142,740 125,194
10 China Eastern  China 138,042

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

Rank Airline Country 2016[9] 2015[10] 2014[15] 2013[16] 2012[17] 2011[18]
1 FedEx Express  United States 15,712 15,799 16,020 16,127 16,108 15,939
2 Emirates SkyCargo  United Arab Emirates 12,270 12,157 11,240 10,459 9,319 8,132
3 UPS Airlines  United States 11,264 10,807 10,936 10,584 10,416 10,566
4 Cathay Pacific Cargo  Hong Kong 9,947 9,935 9,464 8,241 8,433 9,109
5 Qatar Airways Cargo  Qatar 9,221 7,660 5,997 4,972
5 Korean Air Cargo  South Korea 7,666 7,761 8,079 7,666 8,144 8,974
7 Lufthansa Cargo  Germany 7,384 6,888 7,054 7,218 7,175 7,674
8 Cargolux  Luxembourg 6,878 6,309 5,753 5,225
9 Singapore Airlines Cargo  Singapore 6,345 6,083 6,019 6,240 6,694 7,118
10 Air China Cargo  China 6,089 5,718

By fleet size[edit]

Delta Air Lines is the largest by assets value and market capitalization
Rank Airline Country Fleet
(June 2016)[19]
1 American Airlines  United States 1,556[a]
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 1,330[a]
3 United Airlines  United States 1,229[a]
4 Southwest Airlines  United States 0,720
5 FedEx Express  United States 0,688
6 China Southern Airlines  China 0,515
7 China Eastern Airlines  China 0,429
8 SkyWest Airlines  United States 0,424
9 Ryanair  Ireland 0,420
10 Air Canada  Canada 0,404[a]
  1. ^ a b c d Includes aircraft operated by regional partners

By number of countries served[edit]

Turkish Airlines is the largest airline by number of countries served.
Rank Airline Country Countries served
(Aug 2017)[20]
1 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 120
2 Lufthansa  Germany 083
3 Air France  France 078
3 British Airways  United Kingdom 078
5 Qatar Airways  Qatar 073
6 Delta Air Lines  United States 071
7 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 070
8 KLM  Netherlands 066
8 Egyptair  Egypt 066
10 United Airlines  United States 060

By number of destinations[edit]

Rank Airline Country Destinations served
(November 2017)
1 American Airlines  United States 350 [1]
1 Air Canada  Canada 350 [2]
3 United Airlines  United States 342 [3]
4 Delta Air Lines  United States 325 [4]
5 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 302 [5]
6 SkyWest Airlines  United States 233 [6]
7 Lufthansa  Germany 220 [7]
8 China Eastern Airlines  China 217 [8]
9 China Southern Airlines  China 208 [9]
10 Ryanair  Ireland 205 [10]
11 Air France  France 204 [11]
12 Air China  China 201 [12]
13 British Airways  United Kingdom 183 [13]
14 Qantas  Australia 182 [14]
15 Norwegian Air Shuttle  Norway 153 [15]
16 Qatar Airways  Qatar 150 [16]
17 S7 Airlines  Russia 146 [17]
18 KLM  Netherlands 145 [18]
19 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 141 [19]
20 Austrian Airlines  Austria 130 [20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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