World's largest airlines

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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 2008. 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 revenue[edit]

Lufthansa is the launch customer of the Boeing 747-8, here after take-off at Frankfurt Airport.

From Forbes 2000 world's biggest public companies :[1]

RankAirlinecountryrevenue ($B)profit ($B)assets ($B)market cap. ($B)
1Deutsche LufthansaGermany39.71.337.59.7
2American Airlines Group 1United States38.7-1.332.93.9
3United Continental HoldingsUnited States34-0.737.610.3
4Delta Air LinesUnited States36.7144.613.6
5Air France-KLMFrance Netherlands33.8-1.634.73.1
6International Airlines GroupUnited Kingdom Spain23.9-1.225.67.6
7All Nippon AirwaysJapan17.10.323.57.8
8Southwest AirlinesUnited States17.10.418.69
9Qantas AirwaysAustralia16.1-0.321.74.1
10China Southern AirlinesChina15.70.422.95.8
Notes

By passengers carried (millions)[edit]

RankAirline20132012201120102009Ref.
1United States American Airlines1193.7107.8107.2105.2104.5
[2]
2United States Delta Air Lines2164.6164.6163.8162.6161.1
[3]
3United States United Airlines3139.2140.4141.8145.6144.3
[4]
4United States Southwest Airlines4133.2134.0127.6106.2101.3
[5]
5Republic of Ireland Ryanair81.479.375.872.166.5
[6]
6China China Eastern Airlines779.173.168.764.944.0
[7]
7Germany Lufthansa576.374.765.558.955.6
[8]
8China China Southern Airlines64.561.858.757.749.4
[9]
9United Kingdom easyJet661.359.255.549.746.1
[10]
10China Air China51.049.748.546.239.8
[11]
Notes

By passenger-kilometres flown (millions)[edit]

RankAirline20132012201120102009Ref.
1United States American Airlines3346,878330,323219,492216,132209,321
[12]
2United States United Airlines1330,184330,696334,989338,833327,479
[13]
3United States Delta Air Lines2313,803310,562310,228310,875304,074
[14]
4United Arab Emirates Emirates215,353188,606160,549146,205126,331
[15]
5United States Southwest Airlines4167,932165,561157,044125,604119,826
[16]
6Germany Lufthansa5153,334149,780141,055129,668122,991
[17]
7China China Southern Airlines8148,417135,535122,344111,32893,002
[18]
8China Air China9141,967129,773123,489105,69575,474
[19]
9France Air France6139,824137,606135,129127,763128,326
[20][21]
10United Kingdom British Airways7131,333126,436117,348106,082114,346
[22]
Notes

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

RankAirline2013
1United States FedEx Express16,127
2United States UPS Airlines10,584
3United Arab Emirates Emirates SkyCargo10,459
4Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo8,241
5South Korea Korean Air Cargo7,666
6Germany Lufthansa Cargo7,218
7Singapore Singapore Airlines Cargo6,240
8Luxembourg Cargolux5,225
9Qatar Qatar Airways Cargo4,972
10Taiwan China Airlines Cargo4,813
Notes

By fleet size[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

RankAirlineFleet sizeRef.
1United States American Airlines1971
[24]
2United States Delta Air Lines3765
[25]
3United States United Airlines2703
[26]
4United States Southwest Airlines4676
[27]
5China China Eastern Airlines8451
[28]
6Germany Lufthansa5433
[29]
7China China Southern Airlines415
[30]
8Canada Air Canada6363
[31]
9France Air France7350
[32]
10China Air China316
[33]
Notes

Cargo airlines[edit]

RankAirlineFleet sizeRef.
1United States FedEx Express643
[34]
2Germany DHL250
[35]
3United States UPS Airlines237
[36]
4Belgium TNT Airways182
[37]
5South Korea Korean Air Cargo27
[38]
6China China Postal Airlines22
[39]
7Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo22
[40]
8Taiwan China Airlines Cargo21
[41]
9Luxembourg Cargolux20
[42]
10Germany Lufthansa Cargo20
[43]

By number of destinations[edit]

RankAirlineDestinationsRef.
1United States United Airlines 1369
[44]
2United States American Airlines 2340
[45]
3United States Delta Air Lines 3333
[46]
4Turkey Turkish Airlines 9254
[47]
5Germany Lufthansa 5218
[48]
6China China Eastern Airlines 4211
[49]
7United Kingdom British Airways 7197
[50]
8France Air France 6194
[51]
9China China Southern Airlines193
[52]
10Canada Air Canada 8181
[53]


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See also[edit]

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