World's largest airlines

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, Turkish Airlines by number of countries served and UPS Airlines by number of destinations served.

By airline companies revenue

Forbes' World's Biggest Public Companies[1]
Rank AirlineCountry Revenue
(US$B)
Profit
(US$B)
Assets
(US$B)
Market
cap.
(US$B)
Employees
1 American Airlines Group[2] United States 41.07.648.422.1118,500
2 Delta Air Lines United States 40.54.753.334.480,000
3 United Continental Holdings United States 37.57.140.917.183,000
4 Lufthansa Germany 35.51.936.37.3120,652
5 Air France-KLM France/ Netherlands 28.90.13125.32.796,417
6 International Airlines Group Spain/ United Kingdom 25.31.730.715.460,862
7 Southwest Airlines United States 20.22.222.230.249,600
8 China Southern Airlines China 17.70.62028.78.487,202
9 China Eastern Airlines China 14.90.73030.110.971,033
10 All Nippon Airways Japan 14.70.49719.19.933,719

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

Rank Airline Country 2016[3] 2015[4] 2014[5] 2013[6] 2012[7] 2011[8]
1 American Airlines  United States 198,700,000146,530,00087,830,00086,823,00086,335,00086,042,000
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 183,700,000138,842,000129,433,000120,636,000116,726,000113,731,000
3 Southwest Airlines  United States 151,800,000144,575,000129,087,000115,323,000112,234,000110,587,000
4 United Airlines  United States 143,200,00095,384,00090,439,00090,161,00092,619,00050,473,000
5 Ryanair  Ireland 119,800,000101,401,00086,370,00081,395,00079,649,00076,422,000
6 China Southern Airlines  China 84,900,000109,301,000100,683,00091,504,00086,277,00080,545,000
7 China Eastern Airlines  China 80,900,00075,139,00066,174,00062,653,00079,611,000
8 easyJet  United Kingdom 73,100,00070,232,00062,309,00058,410,000
9 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 62,800,00060,198,000
10 Lufthansa  Germany 62,400,00059,850,00063,273,00064,393,00063,012,000

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

By scheduled passenger-kilometres flown (millions)

Airline holding groups

Rank Group Country 2016[3]
1 American Airlines Group United States359,574
2 Delta Air Lines United States342,860
3 United Continental Holdings United States338,388
4 The Emirates Group United Arab Emirates276,608
5 International Airlines Group Spain/ United Kingdom243,474
6 Air France-KLM France/ Netherlands238,183
7 Lufthansa Group Germany226,633
8 China Southern Airlines China206,092
9 Southwest Airlines United States200,964
10 Air China China188,137

Individual airlines

Rank Airline Country 2016[9] 2015[10] 2014[11] 2013[12] 2012[13] 2011[14]
1 American Airlines  United States 320,044320,813208,046206,551203,336203,485
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 308,088302,512290,862277,560271,567269,724
3 United Airlines  United States 299,080294,970287,547286,802288,282160,270
4 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 270,797251,190230,855209,377180,880153,264
5 Southwest Airlines  United States 200,848189,097162,445145,124137,708134,918
6 China Southern Airlines  China 205,720189,186166,074147,841135,021121,944
7 Lufthansa  Germany 149,702145,904143,403144,236142,512140,972
8 British Airways  United Kingdom 144,028140,780137,204130,129124,318116,864
9 Ryanair  Ireland 142,740125,194
10 China Eastern  China 138,042

By scheduled freight tonne-kilometres (millions)

Rank Airline Country 2016[9] 2015[10] 2014[15] 2013[16] 2012[17] 2011[18]
1 FedEx Express  United States 15,71215,79916,02016,12716,10815,939
2 Emirates SkyCargo  United Arab Emirates 12,27012,15711,24010,4599,3198,132
3 UPS Airlines  United States 11,26410,80710,93610,58410,41610,566
4 Cathay Pacific Cargo  Hong Kong 9,9479,9359,4648,2418,4339,109
5 Qatar Airways Cargo  Qatar 9,2217,6605,9974,972
6 Korean Air Cargo  South Korea 7,6667,7618,0797,6668,1448,974
7 Lufthansa Cargo  Germany 7,3846,8887,0547,2187,1757,674
8 Cargolux  Luxembourg 6,8786,3095,7535,225
9 Singapore Airlines Cargo  Singapore 6,3456,0836,0196,2406,6947,118
10 Air China Cargo  China 6,0895,718

By fleet size

Rank Airline Country Fleet (Dec. 2017)[19]
1 American Airlines  United States 950
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 850
3 United Airlines  United States 745
4 Southwest Airlines  United States 697
5 China Southern Airlines  China 545
6 China Eastern Airlines  China 486
7 Air Canada  Canada 430
8 Ryanair  Ireland 403
9 FedEx Express  United States 371
10 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 329

By number of countries served

Rank Airline Country Countries served
(March 2013)[20]
1 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 106
2 Lufthansa  Germany 83
3 Air France  France 78
3 British Airways  United Kingdom 78
5 Qatar Airways  Qatar 73
6 Delta Air Lines  United States 71
7 Emirates  United Arab Emirates 70
8 KLM  Netherlands 66
8 Egyptair  Egypt 66
10 United Airlines  United States 60

By number of destinations

Largest airlines by number of destinations served[19]
Rank Airline Country Destinations
(Dec. 2017)
1 UPS Airlines  United States 720
2 FedEx Express  United States 375
3 United Airlines  United States 373
4 American Airlines  United States 350
5 Delta Air Lines  United States 320
6 Turkish Airlines  Turkey 302
7 Lufthansa  Germany 274
8 China Eastern Airlines  China 217
9 Air France  France 204
10 Air China  China 201

By brand value

Largest airlines by brand value[21]
Rank Airline Country $Bn
1 American Airlines  United States 9.094
2 Delta Air Lines  United States 8.712
3 United Airlines  United States 7.027
4 Emirates Airlines  UAE 5.336
5 Southwest Airlines  United States 5.298
6 China Southern Airlines  China 4.063
7 China Eastern Airlines  China 3.81
8 British Airways  UK 3.484
9 Air China  China 3.433
10 Lufthansa  Germany 2.914

See also

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