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The World's Largest Airline...what Matters?  
User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2896 posts, RR: 10
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2890 times:
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I went to a big meeting on Tues where my clients proudly announced at a giant sales meeting that they struck a deal with the "world's largest airline....DELTA!"

Last I read it was United. On CNN Business it was said that AA will be after the merger and United will be second with Delta third, along with a chart. They didn't get into any of the ways one can measure; fleet size, pax carried, pax carried most miles or market cap etc, etc. However when we in the USA are left with just 3 behemoths, will it matter, really?

To me, what matters; the most non-stops or one stop, the most destinations to both giant cities and small - internationally & great transcon service. Plus size and flexibility of the alliance. Last but not least, the FF program. Who gives back the most for loyalty? Will all 3 just be the same with a small difference? Or will one try and inch ahead in all measures to be the best?

Because for me the 3 seem like they will be much alike! And all more expensive!


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

I remember for a time back during the 1980s, Eastern Air Lines was claiming to be the "largest airline in the free world" as they carried the most passengers of any other airline other than Aeroflot. The problem with that claim is that Eastern was not the largest in size or even in destinations or countries served as those too can be metrics used to bolster a "largest" claim.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

We've had countless threads about this in the past.

Basically, most passengers carried is not a way to measure this, in theory you could carry masses of passengers on short 5-minute flights and you'd be the largest airline.

A better measure would be passenger miles flown, and you'd have to work cargo into the statistic too.

Soren   



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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

IMHO, the 'best' measure, for any industry, would be the biggest profit.
(Or whatever Delta is biggest at, currently. )



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25291 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 1):
I remember for a time back during the 1980s, Eastern Air Lines was claiming to be the "largest airline in the free world" as they carried the most passengers of any other airline other than Aeroflot

That was UA's claim for many years. They carried more passengers than any other airline (other than Aeroflot) even when they were strictly domestic (plus SEA-YVR and ORD-YYZ).


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):
To me, what matters; the most non-stops or one stop, the most destinations to both giant cities
and small - internationally & great transcon service.



I completely agree with one additional item, if I live in a HUB what airline is that because that is the one I'll be flying most of the time if not all the time should your other points all be about equal.



Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
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