Most profitable airlines worldwide 2018

In 2018, American Airlines was the most profitable airline group, generating revenue of 44.54 billion U.S. dollars that year. American Airlines is an American airline with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. As the largest airline group in the world, they reported 37.5 billion U.S. dollars from its passenger travel segment and 3.22 billion U.S. dollars from its loyalty travel segment in 2018. Broken down regionally, the United States domestic flights brought in the most passenger revenue. In 2018, domestic flights with American Airlines brought in 29.6 billion U.S. dollars. Contributing to the revenue, in 2018 American Airlines saw more than 203.7 million passengers boarding their aircraft.

U.S. air transportation

Due to its geographic size, the United States has a massive air transportation network. With at least one airport in every major city, air transportation occurs continuously. In 2018, there were 17 major air carriers in the U.S. Furthermore, more than 822.9 million passengers boarded these largest U.S. air carriers in that year. As a result of the high passenger traffic, the U.S. airline industry generated over 200 billion U.S. dollars in the past five years.

Leading airline groups worldwide in 2018, based on revenue (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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July 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Values are for the fiscal year ending December 2018, excluding FedEx (fiscal year ends May 2018).

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