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Largest Domestic Market Outside The US?  
User currently offlineGlobetrotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 174 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

With the sheer size of the United States, geographically and based on population, it is fairly obvious that we Americans probably enjoy the largest domestic commercial air market. Does anyone know what country comes in second based on:

1. # of carriers?

2. # of pax flown annually?

3. # of cities served?

Thanks for your comments.

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User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

Don't know about stats, but it is most likely Japan IMO.

User currently offlineReno_air From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

If you count the EU, than its the EU.

I think you can count the EU market as domestic as you dont have to go through customs and the market is fully liberalised.

The EU has 500 cities receiving scheduled air service.


User currently offlineGlobetrotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

When I posed the question, I was thinking more in terms of a particular country. But, I suppose you do have a point. Any idea what individual country it might be?

User currently offlineFarhan Ali From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Japan is the biggest domesitc market outside the U.S

Japan's main airlines Japan AirLines, All Nippon Airways, Japan Air System and Skymark Airlines all use wide-body aircraft for flights that are just one hour long.

JAL and ANA use the Boeing 777-300 for domestic routes and Japan Air System uses the Boeing 777-200 for domestic routes also and Japan routes are not that long. Also Japan AirLines and All Nippon Airways are the largest operaters for the Boeing 747-400 domestic model to carry more people on domestic routes from Tokyo to Osaka or Tokyo to Nagoya.

User currently offlineTWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2491 times:


Those yellow bodies fly more than they smoke, its really amazing.

just kidding, my dad's japanese.

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3278 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Yes indeed. The 747-400 Domestic and previous 747SR models were built expressly for the Japan market. The 744D can be distinguished from other 744s by the lack of winglets as it uses the 742's wing. They are also more strongly constructed to handle multiple short sector operations.

Aside from Japan, my guess would be China or Russia. The breakup of monolithic airlines in those countries has given rise to dozens of new carriers.

Canada? Although large, its population is rather small for it to count.


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User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

I think its China. I remember reading a article in a magazine about Chinese domestic aviation, and there are just so many airlines that use jets.

Apparently China has been nicknamed Boeing country based on the fact there are so many boeing aircrafts compared to anything else.

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