About This Statistic
This statistic illustrates the main U.S. cargo airlines in 2016, based on cargo revenue. Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) had the highest operating revenue with over 27.3 billion U.S. dollars, while the second most significant carrier was United Parcel Service (UPS) with operating revenue of close to 4.7 billion U.S. dollars.
Leading cargo airlines in the United States
FedEx Corporation is one of the leading courier delivery companies in the world, generating revenue of more than 60 billion U.S. in the fiscal year of 2017. The Memphis-based company got its FedEx moniker after the company’s air delivery division, Federal Express, recently known as FedEx Express. With 657 aircraft in its fleet, FedEx Express is the largest airline in terms of cargo traffic; in 2016 it transported freight on 15.7 billion tonne-kilometers.
Another major player on the cargo market is United Parcel Service (UPS). With around 434,000 employees, UPS generated revenue close to 61 billion U.S dollars from its package, freight and supply chain services worldwide. UPS Airlines is the company’s cargo airline, transporting packages and freight to more than 700 destinations worldwide and other international hubs in Europe, Asia-Pacific or Latin America, from its main hub located at the Louisville International Airport. The Louisville’s hub is also known as UPS’ Worldport, the company’s largest automated package handling facility with some 5.2 million square feet and 1.6 million packages sorted on a daily average.