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Which Is Bigger CO Or The New US?  
User currently offlineLudavid777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 206 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5195 times:

Ok guys... I need your help.

A friend of mine and I are in a little debate on which company is bigger in regards to available seats per mile. I am talking about the newly combined US and HP verses CO.

I find on US Airway's press releases that they WILL form the US's 5th largest carrier once combined. But CO's press releases state that they are the WORLD's sixth largest airline.

So I am needing help clarifying which carrier is bigger here in the US... the new US or CO?

I am not looking for opinions... just facts!!

thanks in advance for your help!

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User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4861 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5075 times:
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Well, the traditional/standard measure of size is Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) and not Available Seat Miles (ASMs). In terms of RPMs for 2006 so far (i.e., Jan-Mar 2006), the combined US-HP group still ranks #6; CO is now #4:

American 32,995,626
United 27,425,130
Delta 22,481,403
Continental 18,018,147
Northwest 16,942,441
US Airways Group (including HP): 14,687,555*

*I believe the US # includes US Airways Express also but the other carriers' stats only includes mainline so in effect US-HP mainline is a bit lower than the quoted number


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9174 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5056 times:

What about fleet wise, which airline is larger?


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User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5051 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 2):
What about fleet wise, which airline is larger?

CO, by far.



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User currently offlineMaxQ2351 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5020 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 2):
What about fleet wise, which airline is larger?

I got the following fleet information from www.bestaviation.net which may or may not be up to date, I'm not sure!! It'll give you a pretty good ballpark idea though.

AA-
46 - B777
58 - B767-300
16 - B767-200
34 - A300
143 - B757
336 - MD80
77 - B737-800

UA-
31 - B747-400
52 - B777
37 - B767-300
97 - B757
94 - B737-300/-500
97 - A320
55 - A319

DL-
8 - B777
21 - B767-400
86 - B767-300
10 - B767-200
70 - B737-800
26 - B737-300
52 - B737-200
121 - B757
16 - MD90
120 - MD80

CO-
18 - B777
16 - B767-400
10 - B767-200
13 - B757-300
41 - B757-200
12 - B737-900
99 - B737-800
36 - B737-700
111 - B737-300

NW-
16 - B747-400
8 - B747-200
14 - B747-200F
16 - B757-300
56 - B757-200
8 - A330-300
7 - A330-200
78 - A320
72 - A319
22 - DC10-30
150 - DC9

US-
10 - B767-200
44 - B757
150 - B737-300/-400
9 - A330
28 - A321
77 - A320
98 - A319

If my counts are right, here are the fleet totals:

AA- 710
UA- 463
DL- 530
CO- 356
NW- 433 (18 747-200F not included)
US- 416


-Max


User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5020 times:
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Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 3):
Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 2):
What about fleet wise, which airline is larger?

CO, by far.

Uh...not so much.

Continental:
B737-300 51
B737-500 63
B737-700 36
B737-800 104
B737-900 12
B757-200 41
B757-300 17
B767-200ER 10
B767-400ER 16
B777-200ER 18
TOTAL: 368

US Airways:
A319 56
A320 24
A321 28
B737-300 56
B737-400 45
B757-200 31
B767-200ER10
A330 9
TOTAL: 259

America West:
A-319 37
A-320 73
B737-300 37
B757-200 13
TOTAL: 160


User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5012 times:

Quoting Dartland (Reply 5):
Uh...not so much.

Thanks. CO has been US' closest and biggest legacy competitor these last few years, and the only reason I said CO was bigger was because of transatlantic/transpacific travel. Thanks for the listings, but I thought US' 733/734 fleet was being decimated as we speak. It might not be as close as we thought.



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User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4964 times:
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Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 6):

Thanks. CO has been US' closest and biggest legacy competitor these last few years, and the only reason I said CO was bigger was because of transatlantic/transpacific travel. Thanks for the listings, but I thought US' 733/734 fleet was being decimated as we speak. It might not be as close as we thought.

Ahh, the future I cannot tell. Let's check back in 6 months and maybe we'll see a different story per your thouhts.

I don't have 1Q06 data handy -- can anyone do the RPMs for US domestic only? Wouldn't be surprised to see US over CO.


User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4884 times:

I can't get over that AA MD-80 number... When I was at DFW this weekend it seemed like every other plane was an MD-80.

FYI, flew on one for the first time in a long time....what a great aircraft. Very solid feeling, pretty quiet (I was in row 10) and flew really nice.


User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11386 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4861 times:

Quoting Radelow (Reply 8):
I can't get over that AA MD-80 number... When I was at DFW this weekend it seemed like every other plane was an MD-80.

It really is staggering, I must say. I probably fly in or out of DFW at least 100 times per year, and every time I'm coming in on final, or beginning to rotate, on one of the many parallel runways running right along the terminals, looking over to see dozens upon dozens upon dozens of those shiny silver Mad Dogs is, at least in my opinion, breathtaking. It is very impressive, if for no other reason than because of the sheer volume.

Quoting Radelow (Reply 8):
FYI, flew on one for the first time in a long time....what a great aircraft. Very solid feeling, pretty quiet (I was in row 10) and flew really nice.

Agreed. So many seem to hate the MD80s, but I really like them. I love how you have a much lower chance of a middle seat, and I love that as long as you're not sitting in the last 5-10 rows of Coach, the plane is remarkably quiet.


User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

Quoting Radelow (Reply 8):
I can't get over that AA MD-80 number

And I can't get over this number:

Quoting MaxQ2351 (Reply 4):
52 - B737-200

I had no idea Delta still had this many Classic 737s in their fleet!



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User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4782 times:

Quoting Radelow (Reply 8):
I can't get over that AA MD-80 number...

I think just as staggering is the number of B777 operated by Delta: 8. Such a small number.



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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

I find it really interesting that CO has substantially less aircraft (relative to size) than everyone else, yet it still manages to be #4 in size. Is their utilization really that much higher than everyone else? If so, why isn't everyone as efficient as them?

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26338 posts, RR: 76
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 6):
Thanks for the listings, but I thought US' 733/734 fleet was being decimated as we speak.

They still have those suckers flying all over their system.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 9):
Agreed. So many seem to hate the MD80s, but I really like them. I love how you have a much lower chance of a middle seat, and I love that as long as you're not sitting in the last 5-10 rows of Coach, the plane is remarkably quiet.

My favorite part about the MD80 is the sound their engines make when you are on the outside of the airplane. A beautiful whistle when idling and an amazing low rumble when at full power

Quoting Stirling (Reply 10):
Quoting Radelow (Reply 8):
I can't get over that AA MD-80 number

And I can't get over this number:

I don't think anyone can



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User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4861 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4734 times:
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Quoting Dartland (Reply 7):
I don't have 1Q06 data handy -- can anyone do the RPMs for US domestic only? Wouldn't be surprised to see US over CO.

Yes, for pure domestic RPMs, US is #4. RPMs Jan-Mar 2006 Domestic (Mainline only):

American 21,886,301
United 16,566,265
Delta 16,052,710
US-HP 11,613,214
Continental 9,968,726
Northwest 9,830,101


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6691 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

Quoting Panamair (Reply 14):
Yes, for pure domestic RPMs, US is #4. RPMs Jan-Mar 2006 Domestic (Mainline only):

American 21,886,301
United 16,566,265
Delta 16,052,710
US-HP 11,613,214
Continental 9,968,726
Northwest 9,830,101

Actually, they are #5. Southwest is fourth at 15,280,497 (this number and your numbers are all in thousands). Also note that in your previous list:

Quoting Panamair (Reply 1):
American 32,995,626
United 27,425,130
Delta 22,481,403
Continental 18,018,147
Northwest 16,942,441
US Airways Group (including HP): 14,687,555*

Southwest would be sixth, between Northwest and US Airways, at the same 15,280,497.

Quoting Dartland (Reply 5):
US Airways:
A319 56
A320 24
A321 28
B737-300 56
B737-400 45
B757-200 31
B767-200ER10
A330 9
TOTAL: 259

America West:
A-319 37
A-320 73
B737-300 37
B757-200 13
TOTAL: 160

This information is outdated; as of April, 2006, the combined US/HP fleet numbers 358 aircraft (93 A319's, 75 A320's, 28 A321's, 9 A330's, 57 737-300's, 40 737-400's, 46 757-200's, and 10 767-200ER's). Pre-merger US Airways returned close to 60 mainline aircraft as part of the bankruptcy reorganization.

By year-end, it's likely that Southwest will be third for total fleet size with just over 475 737's.


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6691 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

Quoting Ludavid777 (Thread starter):
I find on US Airway's press releases that they WILL form the US's 5th largest carrier once combined. But CO's press releases state that they are the WORLD's sixth largest airline.

I forgot to respond to this. Read US Airways' statement a bit more closely; they claim (accurately) that "US Airways and America West have joined together to create the fifth largest domestic airline." (Emphasis added). They are the #7 U.S. carrier including international operations, since CO and NW dwarf them for international presence, but they are #5 domestically.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26338 posts, RR: 76
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

Also, WN is third for passengers carried.


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User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3429 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 12):
I find it really interesting that CO has substantially less aircraft (relative to size) than everyone else, yet it still manages to be #4 in size. Is their utilization really that much higher than everyone else? If so, why isn't everyone as efficient as them?

just to add- their long haul fleet seems severely smaller than AA's or UA's. I always thought of CO having many more 767. US is even smaller in term of long haul fleet size but that comes as no suprise. Co is shocking though.

Guess size isn't everything!!!!! hehe

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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26338 posts, RR: 76
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

Quoting AA1818 (Reply 18):
I always thought of CO having many more 767.

It has been known for a while that CO has been sorely lacking in widebody aircraft, and have made up for it with the fact that they have exceptionally heavy 752s allowing them to cover all of western and most of central Europe without having to have the risk and expense of widebody aircraft. It has, however, hurt them in major route expansion.



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21456 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4512 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 12):
I find it really interesting that CO has substantially less aircraft (relative to size) than everyone else, yet it still manages to be #4 in size.

well COs fleet is well utilized, and they also have a two class international product, which means more seats per 777 and 767 than other carriers with 3 class service.

But CO will not have an opportunity to grow larger without more lift. But they don't have the money to buy a lot of planes, either.



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User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3464 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 10):
I had no idea Delta still had this many Classic 737s in their fleet!

They don't. That number is kind of old. DL currently has 30 737-200s, still a sizable number.

Jeremy


User currently offlineTpaewr From United States of America, joined May 2001, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4297 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 20):
well COs fleet is well utilized, and they also have a two class international product, which means more seats per 777 and 767 than other carriers with 3 class service.


But CO will not have an opportunity to grow larger without more lift. But they don't have the money to buy a lot of planes, either.

Only UA has int'l 3 class 767s (carefully worded to exclude AA's transcon fleet) And even then, UA has a few 2 class 777s. DL's vast armada of 767s are all 2 class since the late 90s. Likewise NW has converted their 747s to 2 class, while the D10s and 330s always have been.


CO's issue with widebody lift will be interesting to watch. All the more so since moves by others (eg DL and US) are addding a bit of preasure.


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