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Explain Our Ignorance Re "Big Six"  
User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1673 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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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16282 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1638 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.


Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

WN has nearly 100 more aircraft than US, so perhaps that's what they're going by. My guess would be that the term "Big 6" is a vestige of the era of mainline carrier dominance.


New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1624 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.

Simply amazing.



New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
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