Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 23 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
Continental used to claim that it served more international destinations than any other US carrier. Given their large network in the Pacific and their RJ operations in Mexico, plus the 757s they send across the Atlantic, I wouldn't doubt it. However, CO doesn't have the codeshare network that UA has.
ATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
If you read the fine print at the bottom of the advert, it clearly says that it's based upon reported revenue passenger miles over a given period of time. With United flying predominately 777s and 747s internationally, they have more seats floating around and thus more than likely, more passengers.
FlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 376 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
Revenue passenger miles (or RPMs) have nothing to do with the fares charged. One RPM is defined as transporting one fare-paying passenger one mile. It doesn't matter whether that passenger paid $100 or $5000. All it is saying is that if you add up the number of passenger miles flown by United internationally, they are the number one US carrier.
Ord From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1370 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2761 times:
I just threw out last month's Air Transport World, which lists these statistics by airline internationally as a whole and by region (Atlantic, Pacific and Latin America). If I remember correctly, United was a distant #3 in international RPMs, behind AA and DL. But that was for 2003, something like January-September, although I can't imagine United dropped that far in only a few months. When I get the new issue I'll post the stats if this topic is still open.
I know before 9/11 United was clearly #1, but I also know they are not #1 right now - AA is by a wide margin.
UA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
Yes, UA was not #1 last year. But--you can thank SARS for much of that.
2004 will see UA reclaiming top spot in intl RPMs with the announced (and yet to be announced) longhaul flights, and resumption of pre-09/11 transpacific capacity.
How can I deduce this? Well RPMs are directly related to ASMs by load factor. If you look at the LF trends, then look at the ASMs AA, UA, and DL will be offering throughout the year, United will have more ASMs and has lately tended to have a higher load factor.
1 RPM = 1 Revenue paying pax (irrespective of class of service) flown 1 mile
1 ASM = 1 seat flown 1 mile (irrespective of class of service)
Total RPMs/Total ASMs = Load Factor
Load Factor * Total ASMs = Total RPMs
B4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2595 posts, RR: 6 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
It is ALL about how you look at the numbers, for example, if you include Continental Express and Micronesia brands, CO has the most international destinations. So yes, a 35-seat RJ flight 3x weekly to some international manufacturing outpost in Mexico counts.
Bobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5975 posts, RR: 9 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
The most current numbers list Jan-Aug 2003 for International Travel (RPK's)
RPK's are generally used as the measurement to compare airlines
6. US Airways--10,106,625
6. US Airways
8. US Airways
Mattnrsa From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 384 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
You can't really base comparisons on last year's figures, and UA is not doing that either. They are basing that on their CURRENT schedule. Just one ORD-HKG flt in a 747 equals 15 MIA-Jamaica flts in a 737, yet both are international, so it's easy to see how UA, with its RPM-heavy trans-Pacific flts, can hold the title of most intl RPMs.
American, on the other hand, has a huge number of shorter Latin American/Caribbean flts. While this does not give them many RPMs, it gives them a lot of intl passengers, and the title of biggest US international carrier, passenger-wise.
Ord From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1370 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2346 times:
"You can't really base comparisons on last year's figures, and UA is not doing that either. They are basing that on their CURRENT schedule."
This is wrong. If you read the small type in the "ad" you see United is basing their claim on data from October 1, 2002 - September 30, 2003.
"American, on the other hand, has a huge number of shorter Latin American/Caribbean flts. While this does not give them many RPMs, it gives them a lot of intl passengers, and the title of biggest US international carrier, passenger-wise."
This is also wrong. American is number one internationally at the moment in both passengers and RPMs. Check Bobnwa's post above.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 12559 posts, RR: 64 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2214 times:
(Taken from "Air Transport World," January 2004)
U.S. Major Carriers International Traffic:
Airline Passengers Carried (000)
AA Total 8,613
CO Total 4,480
UA Total 3,872
NW Total 3,814
DL Total 3,504
US Total 2,178
AS Total 703
TZ Total 381
HP Total 360
N.M. = not meaningful or no operations whatsoever
So, UA may be largest in terms of RPMs, but as others have mentioned, it's because they're flying much larger equipment over longer distances. Both AA and CO surpass UA in categories such as number of international destinations, passengers carried, etc.
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Mattnrsa From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 384 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
OK...my bad. I guess using the rolling 12-month period starting in Oct 2002 gives them enough of a non-SARS schedule to reflect their huge number of intl RPMs. With all the new and reinstated intl flying coming online this year (most of them RPM-rich trans-Pacific flts), they should be able to use any 12-month period they want.
AznCsa4QF744ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 671 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
Yes, United Airlines is the largest International Carrier. Meaning they have more international flights. With destination to Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe and Asia. This does not include Code-share and STAR ALLIANCE flights. For one thing UA have more flights to Asia with a hub in AA), Japan">NRT.
American Airlines is the world largest airlines in term of A/C, but not in routes operated by AA.
I am not sure about Continental Airlines having more international routes. For one thing they have a much smaller fleet than of UA, AA, DL, and NW. Unless they including Continental MicroAsia, and Copa.
Cospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1473 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1775 times:
Just Continental/ Express/ AirMike/ not Copa or Codeshare...Most Cities Served, not the most PAX Miles..No Doubt BA,UA,AA Are bigger just saying CO serves more cities than any other US Carrier..???? Or Just from EWR ???
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2673 posts, RR: 11 Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1745 times:
DL is clearly the smallest international carrier of the Big Five in the U.S., the other four of course being AA, UA, CO, NW. Clearly, UA and CO serve the most cities internationally of all the U.S. carriers. AA may be the third largest, followed by NW, and DL. DL has such a small presence in Asia, only one daily ATL-AA), Japan">NRT, right? AA serves Japan from three cities, and UA from at least four or five. The two biggest presences in Asia are probably UA and NW...for the U.S. carriers. Continental would be third, followed by AA, and then followed by Delta...assuming U.S. Airways doesn't serve Asia, that of which I am clueless. In Europe, it is hard for me to begin to fathom which presence measures up to which. UA, AA, CO, and DL clearly are the four largest presences of the U.S. carriers in Europe, and NW is obviously the smallest...besides AMS, they are not nearly as great as UA, AA, DL, or CO at FRA. I guess from this reasoning, it is really hard for me to say which is the largest international carrier. Are we talking about things in terms of how global they are, flight frequencies? The only thing we can conclude is that these five giants are all valuable assets to us, and five enormous carriers such as that for just one country are an advantage that the U.S. should cherish, as we get a lot of choices on which airline we can fly to a certain city. To see even one of these airlines go would be a tragedy. May all five live on for eternity!
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25 Slider: Kudos to UA's marketing wonks for twisting untimely stats! Hey, if it puts a couple bucks in the pot and makes you sleep at night, more power to you.
26 Greg: I think the fact thier primary lenders (and those of US) are now looking at how many pennies on the dollar they will receive when they dissolve assets
27 Ual777contrail: Slider, You think AA is structurally sound? You may want to rethink that little theory. Both AA and UA have played teeter totter with the world bigges
28 Mikeymike: Trans-Atlantic Destinations Served (one way flights) DL-21 Destinations served from 3 US Gateways - 40 daily flights CO-19 Destinations served from 3