Largest airlines worldwide - ranked by sales 2020

In 2019, American Airlines generated sales amounting to a value of 43.7 billion U.S. dollars, making it the second largest airline in the world.

American Airlines

American Airlines, founded in 1926 and which commenced operations ten years later, is the result of mergers and acquisitions of more than 80 small airlines throughout its history. The last known merger with US Airways in December 2013, formed the group known today as the American Airlines Group (AAG). After the merger with US Airways, the company considerably increased its operating revenue, generating more than 45.7 billion U.S. dollars from transporting passengers all over the world in 2019. In the domestic market, it is the leading airline in the United States, with a market share of 17.5 percent, followed by Southwest and Delta Air Lines.

American Airlines’ major hubs

Headquartered at Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the airline handled over 21.2 million passengers from its main hub, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2019. The airport also handled over 65 million passengers to destinations worldwide. In the same year, more than 13.3 million passengers boarded American Airlines’ flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airline is expanding at these two airports by adding new daily routes in 2019.

The largest airlines worldwide as of May 2020, based on sales

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

as of May 2020

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