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1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Tue Jun 27, 2000 9:03 am

The International Air Transport Associaton (IATA) came out with it's annual World Airtransport statistics for 1999.
Delta Airlines led the airlines with an astonishing 105,534,000 passengers. Coming in second was United Airlines with 87,049,000. That's over 18 million behind DL. The following are a list of domestic as well as international carriers and their rankings:

Domestic and International: Domestic:

Delta Airlines- 105,534,000
United- 87,049,000
American- 81,452,000
Northwest- 57,478,000
US Air- 55,812,000
Continental- 43,950,000
All Nippon- 42,743,000
Luftansa- 42,128,000
AirFrance- 37,049,000
Brittish- 36,609,000

Domestic only:

Delta- 98,298,000
United- 75,675,000
AA- 64,055,000
US- 53,912,000
Northwest- 47,708,000
ALL Nippon-38,873,00
CO- 36,341,000
TWA- 34,370,000
Japan Airlines- 20,736,000
Japan Air System- 20,059,000


Brittish Airways- 30,315,000
Luftansa- 27,287,000
American- 17,397,000
KLM- 15,322,000
Singapore Air-13,545,000
SAS- 12,474,000
Swissair 12,326,000
Japan Airlines- 12,197,000
United 11,374,000

What interested myself in these stats is how it sized up all the airlines in comparison with passenger loads. One thing I am very impressed with is that DL not only leads in passenger loads, but leads all of the DOT categories this year for those airlines listed above. That is a stat that's very hard to argue with and shows remarkable progress for the last several years.

It's also quite clear that AA leads all US carriers for International carriage. Total is 17,397,000 which carries a considerilble lead over United (11,374,000)
and Delta with (7,300,000). Alot of those numbers reflect their strong South American presence.

Also, this chart reflects a rather strong AirFrance operation. Some of the previous posts have generalized a smaller operation than stats actually reflect. Their passenger loads are quite compareable with Brittish, and Lufthansa.

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RE: 1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Tue Jun 27, 2000 9:09 am

I agree with you 100%
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Tue Jun 27, 2000 9:37 am

I'm not surprised Delta carried the most passengers. Delta Air Lines is a short-haul specialist with a short turn around time at the airports. This allows them to have almost all of their aircraft in the air at one time. Look for them to carry even more passengers in the next few years since the Winter Olympics will be in one of their hub cities...Salt Lake City. (It also helped having the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.)

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RE: Delta

Tue Jun 27, 2000 9:46 am

For those interested has some very interesting press releases for the airline industry.

I agree to an extent on the "short-haul specialist", but one thing that impressed me was that DL is second behind SouthWest for passenger complaints for the year 2000 thus far. For such large passenger loads that's unbeatable
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Just Shows How Stats Are Misleading

Tue Jun 27, 2000 10:37 am

There is of course a glaring omission from this list. The world's equal 4th airline for pax flown is not shown in the chart as it is a non IATA airline. Anyone care to guess who it is? Should be obvious. Also I can't for the life of me work out how AA carried more Intnat'l pax than UA did. Their coded flights on CP into/from Canada are evidently counted as I guess should be UA's codes on AC. But how on earth does AA get 6 mil more Intnat'l pax when they have an Intnat'l network much smaller than UA's? Intriguing.
Cheers. Al.
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RE: Just Shows How Stats Are Misleading

Tue Jun 27, 2000 10:42 am

Once again Al, AA dominates South America for all of the majors.
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RE: 1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Tue Jun 27, 2000 11:35 am

Can some kind soul clarify, one and for all, why Delta can carry more passengers than any other carrier, but still be called only the third largest carrier? Is this distinction based solely on RPMs?


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RE: 1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Tue Jun 27, 2000 11:40 am

Ezra you are correct on your assumption!!
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RE: 1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Tue Jun 27, 2000 1:07 pm

Continental please review the original stat's, and try to imagine fleet sizes.
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RE: 1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Tue Jun 27, 2000 4:39 pm

Simple: Latin American and *ESPECIALLY* Caribbean routes (where AA has a stranglehold) are *extremely* high-volume and high density. Although the breadth of "worldwide, globe-spanning service" on AA pales in comparison to United's, AA has probably *THE* most comprehensive international regional network -- their international operations down south are HUGE!

RE: 1999 DL Flies Most Passengers

Wed Jun 28, 2000 5:23 am


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