mickster From Austria, joined Feb 2009, 165 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
Emirates is not a public company so you cannot use that for comparison. Plus market cap has much more disadvantages when used for comparison purposes so I do not believe it would be of any value here, even if comparing among peers ...
UA787DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 291 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 842 times:
I think total pax is a better way of measuring in this case. EK is so focused on Long Haul. They just aren't big for most flights and pax in most of the world. They will keep on growing, but at some point DXB might hit a little bit of market saturation. Look how quickly it rose. Cities can die off that fast too.
This doesn't count from a pure largest carrier point of view, but many US and European carriers have regional affiliates. With DL connection, DL moves an awful lot of pax. Many connect in at hubs, but many are purely on connection and/or partner airlines.
By ASK, they will be on top in 3-4 years. But they won't be the largest carrier in my book.