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Biggest Airline

Fri Jul 27, 2001 8:11 pm

wassup fellas
what is the biggest airline (in size and amount of aircraft) in the world????
thanx guys
peice out
go canada!
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RE: Biggest Airline

Fri Jul 27, 2001 8:51 pm

As far as I can tell Its American at the moment, followed by United and then British Airways.

United were the biggest until AA bought TWA and will be the biggest again if and when the US Airways deal goes through.

It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 6:30 am

>>As far as I can tell Its American at the moment, followed by United and then British Airways. <<

Not quite, sir.

American, United, then Delta. British Airways figures further down the list, and ranks FIRST on being the Biggest International Airline, given that most BA flights (including those to Europe) are regarded as 'international'.

And the US/UA deal really is as dead as Kiwi Airlines.


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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 7:11 am

Just wondering why everyone says United is bigger than Delta... I believe Delta has more planes and definetely flies more pax.
But as far as I know it goes American, United, Delta, Continental, British Airways(or Northwest?)
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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 7:41 am

It goes Sadapproximations)
1. American 720
2. Delta 620
3. United 615
4. Northwest 435
5. USAirways 420
6. Continental 375
8. Southwest 360
9. British Airways?????
10. Lufthansa?????
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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 7:44 am

When you ask for the biggest airline, there will always be discrepencies. How do you determine the term 'biggest'? Is it by the number of pax carried? The revenue? The size of the fleet? If so, should it include its regionals?
Be more specific. There are just too many ways to measure an airline's size.
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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 12:38 pm

The method that is most widely used to measure the size of an airline is Revenue Passenger Miles or Kilometer (RPM or RPK). This measures the size of an airline's traffic.

Delta carries the most passengers. However, in terms of RPM, after aquiring TWA, American is considered the biggest airline in the world.

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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 12:43 pm

I wonder how much planes FedEx has........
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RE: Biggest Airline

Sat Jul 28, 2001 3:21 pm

fedex has 613 planes but 253 are cessna 208's

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