I don´t think, that UA
´s international network is that much larger than DL
for instance is much bigger in Europe with a lot more destinations served and also higher frequencies than UA
! (except for London to US market where UA
definetley has a strong hold)
On the other side, there is UA
, with its huge Asian network, where DL
(now) is almost non-existent (except the daily ATL
flight) and a bigger South American network than DL
But the two international networks compared, I would guess they are about the same size!
Of course it´s true that UA
has a lot more bigger aircraft in service (763, 777, 744) but DL
with its 777 and 763 serves almost all (for a few exeptions) international destinations daily and its keymarkets also with more than one flight a day!
But one thing is undisputed, DL
serves more passengers than UA
Before 9/11 and the TWA takeover it even served a lot more passengers than AA
! Over 110 million!!! What a number!!!
In Europe DL
is definetley better known and also bigger than any other US airline! Because they were the first american airline beside TWA and Pan Am to serve the European market after deregulation in 1978, and also due to most of the Pan Am assets they took over!
If they would have also bought PA´s rights into LHR
back in 1991, instead of UA
, than there would be absolutely no doubt on the bigger international network
I just hope that UA
is not going to ruin its reputation in LHR
and also that both carriers will emerge into a bright future, stronger and bigger than ever before!
Of course DL
is faring a bit better than both of its larger competitors, but I wish UA
and also AA
nothing but the best!
Though I´m a rabid DL
fan, I don´t wanna see any of the 3 majors disappear!
In fact I don´t wanna see any US carrier disappear!!!