MD 11 From Germany, joined Sep 1999, 195 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 968 times:
I think, if you simply count the passenger-figures, Delta-Airlines are on top!(Then United, then AA)
When you count the number of planes, then I think, it´s AA.
And if you count the volume of sales, it is AA, too, I think.
(But especially in the last point, I´m not quiet sure).
So it depends what you count to say, what is the biggest airline.
BostonLogan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 909 times:
It isn't fair to discount domestic service because the US is so much larger than any other country that a Boston-LAX flight is the equivalent of a transcontinental one, and therefore should be considered just as 'prestigious.' United is widely accepted as the world's largest airline by every major publication (Airways, Airliners, Airlinebiz.com), with American second and Delta 3rd.
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 903 times:
For years, United called themselves "The largest airline in the free world" in commericals. Note how they said FREE world, still acknowledging that Aeroflot was by far the largest with thousands of planes, at the time, it was still USSR. Now UA is the biggest. Fleetwise, they have 585, two more than Delta's 583!
Cubanaair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 889 times:
I may be wrong about this but, I think the reason Aeroflot claimed to be the "world's largest airline" during most of the cold war era was that they included ALL of their military and goverment a/c as "Aeroflot"! If we took American's numbers and added the entire Air Force,Navy air ops.,Coast Guard and Border Patrol airplanes,helicopters,support equipment, etc. etc...That would be one hell of a big airline!...:-0 FernAAndo
Purdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 873 times:
As of the end of 1998, Delta's fleet consisted of 583 aircraft, while United's had 569, or 14 fewer than Delta. Through acquisitions and retirements, both airlines have changed fleet size by now. While I don't know the exact count at either airline as of today, Aviation Week & Space Technology reported in their Aerospace Resource Book that Delta's was to remain larger than United's fleet, ending 1999 with a planned 590, versus United's planned 587.
DGS From Spain, joined Apr 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 868 times:
Correct on most counts..Except aircraft..UA has more aircraft than DL..Its only by a few but UA has 592 aircraft with another 7 coming this year..This does not include the 3 747-100's just retired this month..
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 868 times:
I believe by revenue the top five airlines are as follows:
1. AMR (not just American, but American Eagle and Business Express)
2. United Air Lines
3. British Airways Group
4. Delta Air Lines
5. Lufthansa Gruppe
I got this information from a Flight International magazine from late August. The cover story is the Top 50 Airlines. If I had it in front of me now I'd give statistics to back up my claims, but this is the truth, you can check it out if you are so inclined, I believe it is the 20 Aug issue.
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Purdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 859 times:
The figures that I've quoted under this topic, including the fleet counts, come from tne Aviation Week & Space Technology 1999 Aeorspace Resource Book. Their accuracy is predicated on the accuracy of that publication's reporting, but I can say that I, along with many aviation professions, give the AW&ST name some credibility. There may be slight variations from their forecast 1999 year end figures, however, due to an airline retiring more or fewer aircraft than they anticipated. It is also possible that an airline would take more aircraft than anticipated, as American Eagle will do because of newly acquired Business Express delivery slots, but this is very rare as delivery slots do not normally just become available. In any even, the fleet sizes of United and Delta are very close, and they both trail American by a considerable margin.
Jaemz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 851 times:
i like to ask if anyone knows...which are the airlines that have the most number of more advanced, larger (like widebodies), better performance aircrafts. I feel that an airline winning the honor of largest fleet may not quite deserve that maybe because most of their aircrafts can be the smaller ones like Fokkers, MD80s, 737s etc contributing to the quantity.
Jaemz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 851 times:
To answer my own question... i feel that SQ is among those airlines. They have so many expensive planes 777s, 340s, plus they once had the largest 747-400 fleet. They even fly regional destinations with these aircrafts... anyone disagrees?
Airman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 969 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 832 times:
what was the largest airline? It at one pointin time was Aeroflot!! I had such a lagre route network and many aircraft. to be exact I am not to sure mabye iluyshin96 could help out there. But even today Aeroflot still has one of the largest Networks in regards to destinations.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 14 Reply 19, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 833 times:
Aeroflot was, at one time, considered the world's largest airline. They were the only airline serving destinations within the Soviet Union, and their fleet was comprised of hundreds of planes, from AN-2 biplanes to IL86 widebodies. Now, since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Aeroflot is no longer in existence as it once was. The only airline using that title is the international directorate, Aeroflot - Russian International Airlines. Their fleet is about 100 or so planes at this time, serving almost exclusively international destinations, but still maintaining some routes within Russia. Airlines serving domestic destinations may use former Aeroflot planes which are not re-painted, but the airlines themselves have different names.
UA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 829 times:
United has the most widebodies, and they will still have the most coming into the future. By 2002, they will have 61 777s, 44 747-400s, and 56 767s. That's 161 widebodies, which I believe is more than the number of planes in TWA's whole FLEET.