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 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)[edit]

RankAirline2012201120102009Ref.
1United States Delta Air Lines1164.6163.8162.6161.1
[1][2]
2United States United Airlines2140.4141.8145.6144.3
[3]
3United States Southwest Airlines3134.0127.6106.2101.3
[4]
4United States American Airlines4107.8107.2105.2104.5
[5]
5China China Southern Airlines86.580.776.566.3
[6]
6United States US Airways582.580.679.678.0
[7]
7Republic of Ireland Ryanair79.375.872.166.5
[8]
8Germany Lufthansa674.765.558.955.6
[9][10]
9China China Eastern Airlines73.168.764.944.0
[11]
10China Air China72.469.760.041.3
[12]
Notes

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

RankAirline2012201120102009Ref.
1United States United Airlines1330,696334,989338,833327,479
[13]
2United States Delta Air Lines2310,562310,228310,875304,074
[14]
3United States American Airlines3219,869219,492216,132209,321
[15]
4United States Southwest Airlines4165,561157,044125,604119,826
[16]
5United Arab Emirates Emirates160,446146,134126,273101,762
[17]
6Germany Lufthansa5149,780141,055129,668122,991
[18][19]
7France Air France137,606135,129127,763128,326
[20][21]
8China China Southern Airlines135,535122,344111,32893,002
[22]
9China Air China129,773123,489105,69575,474
[23]
10United Kingdom British Airways126,436117,348106,082114,346
[24]
Notes

By Scheduled Freight Tonne-Kilometres Flown (Millions)[edit]

RankAirline2012
1United States FedEx Express16,108
2United States UPS Airlines10,416
3United Arab Emirates Emirates SkyCargo9,319
4Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo8,433
5South Korea Korean Air Cargo8,144
6Germany Lufthansa Cargo7,175
7Singapore Singapore Airlines Cargo6,694
8United Kingdom British Airways World Cargo4,732
9Taiwan China Airlines Cargo4,538
10Taiwan EVA Air Cargo4,470
Notes

By Fleet Size[edit]

Passenger Airlines[edit]

RankAirlineFleet sizeRef.
1United States Delta Air Lines11,280
[26]
2United States United Airlines21,264
[27]
3United States American Airlines3851
[28]
4United States Southwest Airlines4683
[29]
5United States US Airways5621
[30]
6China China Southern Airlines423
[31]
7Germany Lufthansa6401
[32]
8France Air France7381
[33]
9Canada Air Canada8357
[34]
10China China Eastern Airlines346
[35]
Notes

Cargo Airlines[edit]

RankAirlineFleet sizeRef.
1United States FedEx Express643
[36]
2Germany DHL250
[37]
3United States UPS Airlines234
[38]
4Belgium TNT Airways33
[39]
5South Korea Korean Air Cargo26
[40]
6Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Cargo23
[41]
7China China Postal Airlines21
[42]
8Taiwan China Airlines Cargo21
[43]
9Luxembourg Cargolux20
[44]
10Germany Lufthansa Cargo18
[45]

By Number of Destinations[edit]

RankAirlineDestinationsRef.
1United States United Airlines1373
[46]
2United States Delta Air Lines2330
[47]
3United States American Airlines3277
[48]
4Turkey Turkish Airlines243
[49]
5China China Eastern Airlines4211
[50]
6Germany Lufthansa5199
[51]
7France Air France6194
[52]
8United States US Airways7193
[53]
9China China Southern Airlines193
[54]
10United Kingdom British Airways8191
[55]
Notes

See also[edit]

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