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Who's the Biggest, Baddest (Airline) of Them All?

January 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it's not official-official, but at the rate the UAE carrier is going, 2013 will be the year that Delta will slide down to the 3rd spot in the list of the world's largest airlines. Now that 2012 is over, the stats have been released which now rank the carriers around the globe, plus some other interesting numbers. Here is the 2012 round-up of the new data coming out of the travel industry:

Top 5 Airlines: (measured in available seat kilometers)
1. United — 6,149,398,758 — No surprise after a merger with Continental.
2. Delta — 5,643,676,049 — Again, with help from the Northwest merger.
3. Emirates — 4,992,911,535 — Not too far behind with a 18% year over year growth
4. American — 4,800,884,481 — Just 4 years ago it was largest, now sliding down to 4th.
5. Southwest — 3,276,525,770 — The only LCC in the top five is quite the accomplishment.

Top 5 LCCs: (measured in available seat kilometers)
1. Southwest— 3,276,525,770
2. Ryanair— 1,476,213,184
3. JetBlue— 1,214,788,293
4. EasyJet— 1,124,069,015
5. Gol— 913,465,718

Top 5 Airports: (number of seats per week)
1. Atlanta— 1,927,531
2. Beijing— 1,918,574
3. Tokyo— 1,813,291
4. London— 1,668,272
5. Dubai— 1,587,901

How the Big Alliances Rank Up: (by flights per week)
1. Star Alliance — 148,010
2. SkyTeam — 97,130
3. Oneworld — 60,019

As a point of reference, the world's LCCs account for 108,814 flights per week, but saw a decline in growth with 3% less flights than 2011.

Now that we have overloaded you with more numbers than you probably want to read for a normal Thursday, soak up these figures before you go on. We have to say thanks to The Center for Aviation for the full lists. If you want to have a look at how your favorites stack up, check out the full rankings.

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