3 AUGUST 2015
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Air Transport World, the long-established Washington-based US publication, has published its “World’s Top 25 Airlines 2014.”
Way out in front by any means of comparison is American Airlines followed by Delta and United when it comes to operating revenue. The figures prove that consolidation and Chapter 11 restructuring does really work all three having been in bankruptcy.
The present American Airlines is in fact the integration and rebranding of US Airways, itself an amalgamation with the highly successful American West. Delta takes in the former Northwest Airlines, while United, similar to American, is in many ways the old Continental, even retaining the tail fin.
As far as the real (net) profit is concerned American leads with US$2.8bn, Emerald at US$1.4bn and JAL US$1.2bn. Southwest is at US$1.bn, and then United at US$1.1bn and IAG at just over US$1bn. Next up is Ryanair at US$940m while Delta slips to 10th place with net profit US$659m.
When it comes to passenger numbers American leads again with 197m, followed by Delta at 171m and United at 138m. In Europe Lufthansa Group carried 109m passengers in 2014, followed by Ryanair with 86m, Air France-KLM 77.450m, IAG 77.334m and easyJet with 63m. http://atwonline.com
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