SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 2063 times:
Most of the americans on this board, including myself, consider the so-called "Big Six" to be American, United, Delta, Northwest, Continental, and US Airways (in order of marketshare), however, US Airways touts itself as the nation's 7th-largest carrier. Who is number six in there that we are forgetting? Southwest? America West? Alaska? JetBlue? American Eagle? Am I missing something here?
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Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 2028 times:
Southwest has moved into the top 6 with respect to revenue, indeed Southwest is the LARGEST US carrier wrt market capitalization. However, Southwest is not considered one of the traditional big-6. AA/UA/DL/NW/CO/US are all full service carriers with commuter partners and alliance/codeshare partners while Southwest is a stand-alone LCC. Hence, since the traditional big-6 have so much in common with each other (and not with Southwest), Southwest is not included in this so-called group.
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N844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 2014 times:
Also, with respect to market capitalization, I saw a chart today that indicated that WN has a larger market cap than the Big Six combined. It also said that if you had invested $1,000 into WN at their IPO, you'd have $1.4 million today.
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