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ATA: Are They Really 10th Largest?  
User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

I was reading in the USA Today (believe it was Tuesday) that "ATA is now the 10th largest airline in the US," and that they are now bigger than Alaska.

I really can't figure where USA Today got this idea. I've also heard this same comment about ATA being bigger than AS on this very forum, perhaps a few months ago. Still, it just doesn't make sense.

At least to my knowlege, Alaska is considered the 10th largest carrier, and they easily surpass ATA in terms of revenue, available seat miles, cargo, and number of passengers, and probably in about every respect I can think of.

Through September, ATA has carried about 6,125,000 pax, while AS has carried about 10,300,000. The AS number is not including Horizon Air.

I know that the ATA orders for 757s and 738s, coupled with much needed renovations at Midway will help ATA maintain a very healthy growth-rate. But, I don't see how they could be considered the 10th largest airline with their present operations. I didn't bother to check Air Tran, but I would imagine they're near ATA in terms of passengers as well.

Any insight would be appreciated.

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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

I believe that all official "measurements" are taken from actual seat miles. With L1011's flying long routes, it must nudge out AS and their 737/MD-80's.

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Well, that would explain why Air Tran isn't up there. They carried about 5,600,000 so far this year, but I'm sure in terms of actual seat miles they wouldn't even come close to ATA.


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