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Top 10 Largest Airlines in the World by Revenue [Latest List and Figures]

Year over year, the air traffic is increasing around the world due to the cheap fare and the business development. This trend has been continued for years. There are so many new companies are entering into the business to get some slice of market share.

There are already established players in the airline industry, which are growing at the rapid rate. So, we have compiled a list of the largest airlines in the world by revenue. So, let’s see it here.

Top 10 Largest Airlines in the World by Revenue [Latest List and Figures]

1. American Airlines Group, USA

The American Airlines Group is the largest airline company in the world with a revenue of US$44.541 billion (2018). It was founded on 9th December, 2013 after merger of American Airlines and US Airways. They serves in more than 350 destinations across the world. The American Airlines Group is having more than 126,600 employees worldwide as of 2017. The American Airlines Group fleet size is 956 as of 2018.

Did You Know / Fast Facts

  • Predecessors: AMR Corporation and US Airways Group
  • Headquarters Address: CentrePort, Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
  • Divisions: Shuttle, American Airlines Cargo, American Airlines and American Eagle
  • Production Output: 6700 daily flights (2013)
  • Subsidiary Companies: PSA Airlines, American Airlines, Piedmont Airlines and Envoy Air
American Airlines Group, USA
American Airlines Group, USA Image Source: aa.com

2. Delta Airlines, USA

The Delta Airlines is the 2nd largest airline company in the world by revenue. They have earned US$44.438 billion revenue in 2018. The company was founded on 30th May, 1924 and started the operations on 17th June, 1929. They have fleet size of 913 and serves over 325 destinations across the world. The Delta Airlines headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices worldwide. They have more than 86,564 employees worldwide.

Fast Facts / Did You Know

  • Company slogan: “Keep Climbing”
  • Alliance: SkyTeam Cargo, and SkyTeam
  • Headquarters Address: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Frequent-flyer Program: SkyMiles
  • Focus Cities: Austin, San Jose, Cincinnati, Raleigh/Durham, and Nashville
Delta Airlines, USA
Delta Airlines, USA Image Source: USA Today

3. Deutsche Lufthansa, Germany

Deutsche Lufthansa is the largest airline company in Germany and one of the largest airlines in the world by revenue. In 2018, they have earned revenue of €35.84 billion. Lufthansa is also one of the founding members of the Star Alliance, which was formed in 1997.

Deutsche Lufthansa founded in 1953 and started their operations in 1955. Right now, they have 294 aircrafts in their fleet and flying in more than 220 destinations. The Munich Airport, Dusseldorf Airport and the Frankfurt Airport are main hubs for Deutsche Lufthansa.

Fast Facts / Did You Know

  • Company slogan: Say yes to the world / Nonstop You
  • Alliance Member: Star Alliance
  • Corporate Headquarters: Cologne, Germany
  • Subsidiary Companies: Global Load Control, LSG Sky Chefs, Lufthansa Technik, and more
Deutsche Lufthansa, Germany
Deutsche Lufthansa, Germany Image Source: Lufthansa

4. United Continental Holdings, USA

The United Continental Holdings is the 4th largest airline company in the world and one of the largest airlines in the United States with a revenue of US$38.3 billion. They have a fleet size of 750 mainline aircraft. They have more than 88,000 employees and many subsidiaries.

The United Continental Holdings was founded on 1st October, 2010 and headquartered in Chicago’s Willis Tower. The UCH serves more than 370 destinations around the world.

Fast Facts / Did You Know

  • Subsidiary Companies: United Airlines, Trans States Airlines, Air Wisconsin, SkyWest Airlines, CommutAir, and more
  • Headquarters Address: Willis Tower, Chicago, USA
  • Formerly UAL Corporation
United Continental Holdings, USA
United Continental Holdings, USA Image Source: Chicago Business

5. Air France–KLM, France

The Air France–KLM is the fifth largest airline company in the world with a revenue of US$29.1 billion. It was founded in 2004, after the merger of Air France and KLM. They have more than 84,714 employees across the world.

The Air France-KLM headquartered in France and operating in more than 225 destinations. The Air France-KLM fleet size is 568 as of September 2014.

Fast Facts / Did You Know

  • Headquarters Address: Tremblay-en-France, France
  • Subsidiary Companies: Hop!, KLM, Martinair, Transavia, Air France, and more
  • Competitors: Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic
Air France–KLM, France
Air France–KLM, France Image Source: Forbes

6. International Airlines Group, United Kingdom

The International Airlines Group (IAG) was founded in January, 2011 after the merger of British Airways and Iberia. It is one of the largest airlines company in the world with a revenue of US$26.0 billion.

They have more than 64,734 employees worldwide as of 2018. The International Airlines Group fleet size is 415 and serves in more than 200 destinations.

Fast Facts / Did You Know

  • Head Office: London, United Kingdom
  • Registered Office: Madrid, Spain
  • Subsidiary Companies: Avios Group, Aer Lingus, Vueling, Anisec Luftfahrt, LEVEL, and more
International Airlines Group, United Kingdom
International Airlines Group, United Kingdom Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

7. Southwest Airlines, USA

Southwest Airlines is the seventh largest airline company in the world with a revenue of US$21.2 billion. It was founded on 16th March, 1967 and started operations on 18th June, 1971.

The Southwest Airlines flee size is 754 and serving in more than 101 destinations across the world. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas in the United States. They have more than 58,803 employees worldwide as of 2018.

Did You Know / Fast Facts

  • Headquarters Address: Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Frequent-flyer Program: Rapid Rewards
  • Company slogan: “Low fares. Nothing to hide. That’s Transfarency.”
  • Focus Cities: Austin, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, St. Louis, Nashville, San Jose (CA), and more
Southwest Airlines, USA
Southwest Airlines, USA Image Source: Fortune

8. China Southern Airlines, China

The China Southern Airlines is the 8th largest airline in the world with a revenue of US$19.7 billion. They have a fleet size of 616 and serves in more than 216 destinations worldwide.

The China Southern Airlines have codeshare agreements with a number of airlines such as WestJet, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Asiana Airlines and others. The airline was also included in the list of the worst airlines in the world.

Did You Know / Fast Facts

  • Parent Company: China Southern Air Holding
  • Headquarters Address: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Frequent-flyer Program: Sky Pearl Club
  • Focus Cities: Bangkok, Seoul, Chengdu, Xi’an, and more
  • Hubs: Beijing and Guangzhou
China Southern Airlines, China
China Southern Airlines, China Image Source: China Daily

9. All Nippon Airways, Japan

The All Nippon Airways is one of the largest airlines in the world with a revenue of US$17.8 billion. The Airways is also known as Zennikku or ANA, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded on 27th December, 1952 and having more than 34,919 employees worldwide as of 2016.

The All Nippon Airways flee size is 234 and serves in more than 97 destinations worldwide.

Did You Know / Fast Facts

  • Parent Company: ANA Holdings
  • Headquarters Address: Shiodome City Center, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Subsidiary Companies: ANA Wings, Vanilla Air, Air Japan and more
  • Frequent-flyer Program: ANA Mileage Club
  • Focus Cities: Nagoya, and more
  • Hubs: Tokyo and Osaka
All Nippon Airways, Japan
All Nippon Airways, Japan Image Source: Nikkei Asian Review

10. China Eastern Airlines, China

China Eastern Airlines is one of the largest airline companies in the world by revenue. Based on latest figure, they have earned US$15.7 billion in revenues.

They are successful in entering the league of the largest airline companies in the world by revenue. It is the second largest airline company in China by revenue and passenger numbers.

Did You Know / Fast Facts

  • Hubs: Shanghai, Xi’an, and Kunming
  • Focus Cities: Wuhan, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Nanjing, Harbin and more
  • Frequent-flyer Program: Eastern Miles
  • Alliance Member: SkyTeam
  • Subsidiary Companies: Shanghai Airlines, China Cargo Airlines, and China United Airlines
China Eastern Airlines, China
China Eastern Airlines, China Image Source: Skytrax

Article Title: Top 10 Largest Airlines in the World by Revenue [Latest List and Figures]
Article last re-published on June 9, 2019.

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