Net profit of commercial airlines worldwide from 2005 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)

Net profit of airlines worldwide 2005-2018 This statistic shows the net profit of commercial airlines worldwide from 2004 to 2018. In 2018, the net profit of commercial airlines is projected to reach around 38.4 billion U.S. dollars.
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In 2016, the U.S. airline industry generated total operating revenue of over 200 billion U.S. dollars, making the United States one of the largest markets for the airline industry worldwide. The country also has about a third of all airports in the world - more than any other country: around 15,000 airports of all sizes, out of which more than 5,000 have paved runways. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International in Georgia is the busiest airport in the country, having handled a little over 101 million passengers in 2016 alone.

Major airline companies in the United States can be classified into three categories: mainline passenger lines, regional airlines and freight carriers. Mainline passenger companies include carriers such as Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines or Virgin America. Regional airlines include the following carriers: Envoy Air, ExpressJet and SkyWest Airlines, while the largest freight carriers are FedEx Express and UPS Airlines; these two companies topped a worldwide ranking of airlines based on cargo volume in 20156.

In 2016, the ultra low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, had an operating margin of 30 percent, followed by Ryanair. Based on revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), Chicago-headquartered United Airlines came second in a worldwide ranking, with around 28.3 billion RPKs, while Southwest recorded the largest amount of domestic enplanements: just under 149 million in 2016.
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Net profit in billion U.S. dollars
2005-4.1
20065
200714.7
2008-26.1
2009-4.6
201017.3
20118.3
20129.2
201310.7
201413.7
201535.9
201635.3
2017*34.5
2018*38.4
Net profit in billion U.S. dollars
2005-4.1
20065
200714.7
2008-26.1
2009-4.6
201017.3
20118.3
20129.2
201310.7
201413.7
201535.9
201635.3
2017*34.5
2018*38.4

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This statistic shows the net profit of commercial airlines worldwide from 2004 to 2018. In 2018, the net profit of commercial airlines is projected to reach around 38.4 billion U.S. dollars.
Airline industry

In 2016, the U.S. airline industry generated total operating revenue of over 200 billion U.S. dollars, making the United States one of the largest markets for the airline industry worldwide. The country also has about a third of all airports in the world - more than any other country: around 15,000 airports of all sizes, out of which more than 5,000 have paved runways. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International in Georgia is the busiest airport in the country, having handled a little over 101 million passengers in 2016 alone.

Major airline companies in the United States can be classified into three categories: mainline passenger lines, regional airlines and freight carriers. Mainline passenger companies include carriers such as Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines or Virgin America. Regional airlines include the following carriers: Envoy Air, ExpressJet and SkyWest Airlines, while the largest freight carriers are FedEx Express and UPS Airlines; these two companies topped a worldwide ranking of airlines based on cargo volume in 20156.

In 2016, the ultra low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, had an operating margin of 30 percent, followed by Ryanair. Based on revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), Chicago-headquartered United Airlines came second in a worldwide ranking, with around 28.3 billion RPKs, while Southwest recorded the largest amount of domestic enplanements: just under 149 million in 2016.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2004 to 2017
Supplementary notes
* The figure for 2017 is an estimate and that of 2018 is a projection.

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