As I was browsing the Lufthansa website and reading about Lufthansa's fleet, I came across the following link -- Ranking the world's airlines by various criteria. It is very interesting and informative, I am sure most other Airliners.Net members will agree.
I was surprised to see that Continental Airlines carried more passengers in 2004 than British Airways.
Continental Airlines - 40,548,000 Approximately
British Airways - 35,463,000 Approximately
The information is sourced from IATA World Statistics.
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