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List of largest airlines

There are several ways of defining the world's largest airline, and as such, several different airlines can claim the title at the same time. Delta Air Lines, for example, has carried more scheduled passengers annually than any other airline since its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2009. United Airlines, however, flies more passenger-kilometres annually and serves more destinations than Delta. FedEx Express is the largest Cargo Airline, both in freight tonne-kilometers flown (a measure of not just how many packages are delivered, but how much weight is delivered and over what distance), and in fleet size.

By Scheduled Passengers Carried (Millions)


Rank Airline 2012 2011 2010 2009 Ref.
1 United States Delta Air Lines1 164.6 163.8 162.6 161.1
[1][2]
2 United States United Airlines2 140.4 141.8 145.6 144.3
[3]
3 United States Southwest Airlines3 134.0 127.6 106.2 101.3
[4]
4 United States American Airlines4 107.8 107.2 105.2 104.5
[5]
5 China China Southern Airlines 86.5 80.7 76.5 66.3
[6]
6 United States US Airways5 82.5 80.6 79.6 78.0
[7]
7 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 79.3 75.8 72.1 66.5
[8]
8 Germany Lufthansa6 74.7 65.5 58.9 55.6
[9][10]
9 China China Eastern Airlines 73.1 68.7 64.9 44.0
[11]
10 China Air China 72.4 69.7 60.0 41.3
[12]
Notes


By Scheduled Passenger-Kilometres Flown (Millions)


Rank Airline 2012 2011 2010 2009 Ref.
1 United States United Airlines1 330,696 334,989 338,833 327,479
[13]
2 United States Delta Air Lines2 310,562 310,228 310,875 304,074
[14]
3 United States American Airlines3 219,869 219,492 216,132 209,321
[15]
4 United States Southwest Airlines4 165,561 157,044 125,604 119,826
[16]
5 United Arab Emirates Emirates 160,446 146,134 126,273 101,762
[17]
6 Germany Lufthansa5 149,780 141,055 129,668 122,991
[18][19]
7 France Air France 137,606 135,129 127,763 128,326
[20][21]
8 China China Southern Airlines 135,535 122,344 111,328 93,002
[22]
9 China Air China 129,773 123,489 105,695 75,474
[23]
10 United Kingdom British Airways 126,436 117,348 106,082 114,346
[24]
Notes


By Scheduled Freight Tonne-Kilometres Flown (Millions)


Rank Airline 2012
1 United States FedEx Express 16,108
2 United States UPS Airlines 10,416
3 United Arab Emirates Emirates SkyCargo 9,319
4 Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo 8,433
5 South Korea Korean Air Cargo 8,144
6 Germany Lufthansa Cargo 7,175
7 Singapore Singapore Airlines Cargo 6,694
8 United Kingdom British Airways World Cargo 4,732
9 Taiwan China Airlines Cargo 4,538
10 Taiwan EVA Air Cargo 4,470
Notes


By Fleet Size

Passenger Airlines


Rank Airline Fleet size Ref.
1 United States Delta Air Lines1 1,280
[26]
2 United States United Airlines2 1,264
[27]
3 United States American Airlines3 873
[28]
4 United States Southwest Airlines4 683
[29]
5 United States US Airways5 621
[30]
6 China China Southern Airlines 423
[31]
7 Germany Lufthansa6 401
[32]
8 France Air France7 381
[33]
9 Canada Air Canada8 354
[34]
10 China China Eastern Airlines 349
[35]
Notes

Cargo Airlines


Rank Airline Fleet size Ref.
1 United States FedEx Express 634
[36]
2 Germany DHL 250
[37]
3 United States UPS Airlines 234
[38]
4 NetherlandsBelgium TNT Express 33
[39]
5 South Korea Korean Air Cargo 26
[40]
6 Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo 23
[41]
7 Taiwan China Airlines Cargo 21
[42]
8 Luxembourg Cargolux 19
[43]
9 China China Postal Airlines 18
[44]
10 Germany Lufthansa Cargo 18
[45]

By Number of Destinations


Rank Airline Destinations Ref.
1 United States United Airlines1 373
[46]
2 United States Delta Air Lines2 330
[47]
3 United States American Airlines3 277
[48]
4 Turkey Turkish Airlines 238
[49]
5 China China Eastern Airlines4 211
[50]
6 Germany Lufthansa5 199
[51]
7 France Air France6 194
[52]
8 United States US Airways7 193
[53]
9 China China Southern Airlines 193
[54]
10 United Kingdom British Airways8 191
[55]
Notes

See also

Transport portal

References

External links

  • International Air Transport Association
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