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
US Air- 55,812,000
All Nippon- 42,743,000
Japan Airlines- 20,736,000
Japan Air System- 20,059,000
Brittish Airways- 30,315,000
Japan Airlines- 12,197,000
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.