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Who Are The Top 10 Airlines In The US?  
User currently offlineFuture757 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

Does anyone know who the biggest airlines are in the US. I have seen very different lists of the largest airlines and I was wondering if someone could clarify this. I would like to know who the top 10 airlines in America are. I don't know how they figure this. Is it passengers per year or revenue?

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User currently offlineDvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7294 times:

The top six remain AA, UA, DL, NW, CO, and WN. 7-10 are in flux, and promise to change substantially by the end of 2005. With America West's and AirTran's growth, Alaska's stability, and the decline of US and TZ, it will be interesting to see how things sort themselves out.


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User currently offlineFuture757 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7194 times:

Are the top six in order the way you listed them?

User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2690 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7036 times:

I believe not, Future 757. I can only confirm right now that UA is currently the biggest airline in the world right now, or second behind BA. UA is the biggest U.S. airline, followed by AA. I think DL is the third largest, CO is the fourth largest, NW is fifth, and WN is sixth. Correct me if I'm wrong.


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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7032 times:

Thrust: Consider yourself corrected. The airlines, in order of size in the US are:

AA, UA, DL, NW, CO, WN, US, HP, AS, TZ

To quote American Airlines, from their own website:

"About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest carrier. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® regional carriers serve more than 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,800 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award- winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers.

American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworldsm Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 575 destinations in 135 countries and territories. American Airlines and American Eagle are units of the AMR Corporation (NYSE: AMR - News)."

And to quote United Airlines, from their own website:

"United Airlines (OTCBB: UALAQ.OB) is the world's second largest airline, operating more than 3,500 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, United is the largest international carrier based in the United States.* United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to more than 700 destinations in more than 130 countries worldwide. United's nearly 62,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com."



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User currently offlineB20XX From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6983 times:


You can find the ranking in term of RPKs of the world's top 20 airlines at http://www.atwonline.com/stats_top25.cfm

For US airlines the ranking is indeed AA, UA, DL, NW, CO, WN, US and HP.
NW and CO have almost the same number of RPKs, so it would be interesting to see if CO can pull ahead of NW in the future.
If you see rankings based on number on planes, number of flights or number of domestic passengers the rankings will be quite different, but RPKs are usually considered best to rank airlines.


User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6490 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6910 times:

Thrust,

As has been suggested before, please do a little homework before making a statement that UA is the biggest airline in the world. Where did you come up with that idea? Try google!!!


User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6913 times:

UA was the biggest airline in the world....before AA aquired TW, geez, and that was 3 years ago! And BA??????


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User currently offlineLUV4JFK From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6861 times:

UA was the biggest airline in the world...before AA acquired TW, geez, and that was 3 years ago!

Key word: was

P.S.: I would like to know the rankings of #11 through #25 in the US, if anyone has it available.

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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6853 times:

UA was the biggest ...
LUV: key word: was.

Now my question: what does "was" mean? From what time on was UA the biggest airline?



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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6793 times:

Biggest in what ranking?

most aircraft?
most money?
most employees?
most passengers?
most lost luggage?
most employees on furloughs?
most pissed off customers?





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User currently offlineAeronuts From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

UA was biggest prior to AA merger with TWA.... also, Chapter 11 has put them a bit further behind.

User currently offlineFuture757 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Thanks for all the info guys.

Happy New Year


User currently offlineBarney Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6246 times:

There are so many different ways to define "largest airline", but in terms of pax carried, it is Southwest.


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User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6116 times:
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The question of who is largest and based on what criteria comes up every few months. The most commonly-accepted and acknowledged criteria used by the industry is based on RPMs/RPKs. To that end, the above listing of AA, UA, DL, NW, CO, WN, US, HP is correct. Sometimes, the number of passengers carried is used as the yardstick by some, in which case, WN is #1, followed by DL.

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