Globetrotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 174 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2267 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:
Farhan Ali From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2207 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.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2174 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.