4 JULY 2011


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Article from BTNews 4 JULY 2011

Delta World’s largest airline

IATA has published World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) for 2010 which lists Delta as the world’s largest air carrier in terms of RPK’s (Revenue Passenger Kilometres).  This figure will be overtaken in 2011 with the amalgamation of Continental and United airlines.

Leading as a purely international carrier is Air France-KLM, with next up Emirates, as it expands its A380 fleet, followed by Lufthansa, Delta (again) and then British Airways.

On the domestic front the United States is still the largest market with Delta once more leading, followed by Southwest Airlines, and then China Southern, an indication of things to come in the future.  Air China is ahead of China Eastern in eighth place and ninth place respectively, JetBlue next up. www.iata.org/ps/publications/pages/wats.aspx

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