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Largest Airlines In 1973  
User currently offlineDETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Here's a list of the world's largest airlines in 1973 that I found in the ICAO archive at my school's library. This is based on revenue per kilometre flown, the figures are in the thousands. It's really interesting to compare with today where United and American are still at the top of the list but many notables are gone like Eastern, Pan Am, Braniff etc.

1. United 648,955
2. American 475,565
3. Eastern 464,410
4. TWA 462,100
5. Delta 372,696
6. Pan Am 365,100
7. Northwest Orient 186,213
8. Air Canada 182,571
9. British Airways- International Division (BOAC) 182,040
10. Air France 167,291
11. Lufthansa 162,173
12. Western 152,338
13. Braniff International 149,328
14. Allegheny 136,634
15. JAL 135,638
16. Continental 134,648
17. Alitalia 126,887
18. SAS 118,828
19. National 116,558
20. Iberia 115,720
21. KLM 109,87
22. British Airways European (BEA) 106,476
23. Swissair 82,563
24. Varig 78,238
25. Qantas 67,575
26. CP Air 56,689
27. Hughes Airwest 49,846
28. Sabena 49,157
29. South African Airways 48,158
30. North Central 47,328
31. Olympic Airways 44,149
32. AeroMexico 44,095
33. TAP 41,118
34. Texas International 36,957
35. Korean 32,875
36. Avianca 32,561
37. Finnair 32,261
38. Singapore Airlines 31,841
39. UTA 31,316
40. Mexicana 30,319
41. CSA 29,228
42. El Al 27,945
43. Aer Lingus 26,864
44. Cruzeiro do Sul 25,745
45. Seaboard World 25,465
46. THY 24,400
47. LOT 24,211
48. MEA 24,173
49. JAT 23,554
50. PIA 23,431

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User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5233 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

What about some current stats??

Will be good too see them!




Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

Ummmmm....helloooooo....ICAO.....where is AEROFLOT? The world's largest airline (until 1991) which flew a lot more rpkm's than any of the airlines listed above.

User currently offlineDETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

About Aeroflot, that airline was not an ICAO member so it is not mentioned, only member airlines are mentioned, but taking into account that every civil aircraft in the entire Soviet Union was technically part of Aeroflot, then Aeroflot would most definately be the largest at that time.

User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

DETA737

Are you sure that this wasn't an IATA document and not an ICAO document. I should have realised, that there is no way this could have been an ICAO document, because airlines don't belong to ICAO....governments do. IATA is the organisation which is airline membership based, and Aeroflot joined IATA in 1989. Russia (previously Soviet Union) has always been a member of ICAO, because it was one of the founding countries of that organisation.


User currently offlineDatamanA340 From South Korea, joined Dec 2000, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Air Canada was 8th!! By the way, where is ANA? If there is ANA, it would be within 30.


User currently offlineNed Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2363 times:

What is surprising is that 13, nearly 25% (that I can count) are no longer with us..

User currently offlineRA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2359 times:

Aeroflot at the end of the 80's transported 7 million passengers internationally and 130 million within the Soviet Union (it had a fleet of over 10.000 aircraft).

Already in the sixties, it became the largest airline in the world, so its strange it isn't listed. And Aeroflot is defenitely a member of IATA, their nr. is "555". Indeed I would be interested in today's statistics Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineDETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

I'll try to answer all of your questions since this morning I went back to the library. I got my information from the ICAO statistics journals. The journal itself is in English, French, Spanish and Russian. Apparently the USSR was a member, however they never submitted information on Aeroflot so there isn't any info available on the airline. This makes sense, because if you look at most books on civil aviation that give details on airlines, all the info on Aeroflot's fleet numbers are almost always based on estimates. For whatever reason, the Soviets either didn't want to or didn't bother giving info on their airline. As for ANA not being on the list, you have to remember they were still a relatively small carrier at that time, their only jets being 727s, and 737s, their first international route wasn't even started until 1971 (Tokyo-Hong Kong). The same goes for Cathay Pacific, these and other East Asian airlines would only begin to experience their major growth during the second half of the 1970s.

User currently offlineDETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

Here is the list of the world's 50 largest airlines in 1998 based on Revenue Passanger Miles (in the millions). I got it from th Aviation Week and Space Technology Aerospace Source Book 2000.

1. United 124,540.0
2. American 108,872.9
3. Delta 103,244.8
4. British Airways 72,081.3
5. Northwest 66,706.4
6. Continental 50,943.0
7. JAL 48,973.7
8. Lufthansa 46,876.2
9. Air France 46,354.2
10. US Airways 41,251.9
11. Singapore Airlines 35,877.2
12. KLM 35,592.3
13. Qantas 35,217.2
14. ANA 33,376.8
15. Southwest 31,432.2
16. Cathay Pacific 25,261.8
17. TWA 24,422.4
18. Air Canada 23,211.0
19. Alitalia 22,097.1
20. Thai Airways International 21,338.2
21. Iberia 20,192.3
22. Korean Air 19,951.0
23. Malaysia Airlines 18,251.2
24. Swissair 17.426.4
25. Canadian Airlines 16,695.0
26. America West 16,356.6
27. Varig 16,246.3
28. SAS 12,976.6
29. China Airlines 12,641.5
30. Virgin Atlantic 12,269.8
31. Saudi Arabian Airlines 11,694.2
32. Alaska Airlines 11,265.8
33. Air New Zealand 11,151.6
34. Ansett Australia 10,137.9
35. South African Airways 9,852.0
36. Sabena 9,531.2
37. Air China 9,073.0
38. Japan Air System 8,769.8
39. Turkish Airlines 8,098.3
40. Emirates 8,065.7
41. Air India 7,678.5
42. El Al 7,547.3
43. Garuda 7,090.0
44. PIA 6,817.8
45. Aero Mexico 6,661.0
46. Finnair 6,657.4
47. Gulf Air 6,594.3
48. Aerolineas Argentinas 6,575.3
49. Philippine Airlines 6,503.0
50. Mexicana 6,412.2


User currently offlineHelje From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

DETA737:

Still no Aeroflot in that list...  Big grin

Regards,
JH




User currently offlineRA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

The absence of Aeroflot in THIS list (of 1998) can be explained because we are now talking about the "new" Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, which in 1997 transported about 4 million passengers, so it is not in the list. I just downloaded the 2000 annual report of Aeroflot which
gives a figure of 5.100.900 passengers
regards
Martijn


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