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The Biggest Airlines in the World


Current # of Countries in the World: 195

The Rankings

Biggest airlines, by number of countries served:

1. Turkish - 118

2. Air France - 91

3. British Airways - 83

4. Emirates - 83

5. Qatar - 82

6. Lufthansa - 76

7. Ethiopian - 71

8. KLM - 70

9. United - 59

10. American - 58

10. Delta - 58

Biggest airlines, by number of destinations served:

1. United - 415

2. American - 360

3. Delta - 330

4. Turkish - 281

5. China Eastern - 258

6. Lufthansa - 247

7. British Airways - 238

8. China Southern - 233

9. Ryanair - 217

10. Air Canada - 213

(Others include Air France - 200, Emirates - 187, Qatar - 173, KLM - 172)

Biggest airlines, by annual number of passengers:

1. American Airlines - 198.7 million

2. Delta Airlines - 183.7 million

3. Southwest Airlines - 151.8 million

4. United Airlines - 143.2 million

5. Ryanair - 119.8 million

6. Air France - KLM - 98.7 million

7. China Southern Airlines - 84.9 million

8. China Eastern Airlines - 80.9 million

9. EasyJet - 73.1 million

10. Turkish Airlines - 62.8 million

11. Lufthansa - 62.4 million

Biggest airlines, by number of active planes in fleet:

1. American - 951

2. Delta - 882

3. United - 761

4. Southwest - 744

5. China Southern - 545

6. China Eastern - 493

7. Ryanair - 449

8. Air France-KLM - 325

9. Lufthansa 298

10. Turkish - 282

(Others include British 272, Emirates 267, Alaska 232, Qatar 225, Hainan 224, Singapore 122)

Biggest airlines, by passenger kilometers flown:

1. American

2. Delta

3. United

4. Emirates

5. Southwest

6. China Southern

7. Lufthansa

8. British Airways

9. Ryanair

10. China Eastern Airlines

Biggest airlines, by revenue in million dollars:

1. Lufthansa - $42.6 billion

2. American Airlines - $42.2 billion

3. Delta Airlines - $41.24 billion

4. United - $37.73 billion

5. Air France-KLM - $29.06 billion

6. Emirates - $27.9 billion

7. International Airlines Group - $27.51 billion

8. Southwest Airlines - $21.17 billion

9. China Southern Airlines - $19.62 billion

10. Air China - $19.04 billion

Big thanks to Walter Dosh at United Airlines for providing research and data.

Other sources include Wikipedia, Airport Technology, and World Atlas.

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