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Did You Know? TOP 10 Largest US-Based Airlines

April 15, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized

The merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines will create the world’s largest airline. And, we may see more mergers in the near future — Continental and United perhaps?

I thought it would be interesting to see just how things are going to get shaken up by taking a look at the pre-merger airline traffic rankings. This list of Top 10 U.S. airline rankings is from January 2008 and is based on domestic and international scheduled enplanements.

Combine Delta and Northwest’s numbers you’ll see how they’ll nab the top spot. Take a look at Continental and United, to see what a merger between those two airlines would mean. Now, let’s look at the list — just click “more”.

Top 10 US-Based Airlines (domestic and international traffic) – from January, 2008
(Passenger Numbers in Millions)

  1. American Airlines – 7.670
  2. Southwest Airlines – 7.654
  3. Delta Air Lines – 5.344
  4. United Airlines – 4.776
  5. US Airways (and America West) – 4.317
  6. Northwest Airlines - 3.896
  7. Continental Airlines – 3.731
  8. JetBlue – 1.727
  9. AirTran – 1.630
  10. Skywest – 1.588

(from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics/DOT)


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