Passenger airlines - Statistics & Facts

In 2017, global air passenger traffic is projected to generate around 736 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. In 2015, Germany's Lufthansa was the world's third-largest airline in terms of sales, trailing Delta and United. American Airlines Group and Emirates topped the list of the world's leading airlines based on net profit. American's net profit came to around 7.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2015.


In 2017, American Airlines was the airline with the highest brand value, closely followed by Delta, United and Emirates Airlines. Emirates had an estimated brand value of just over six billion U.S. dollars.

In light of growing affluence in emerging markets and increased trade relations between a number of countries, passenger demand is fueled by tourists and business people alike. Additionally, Ryanair and Southwest Airlines have revolutionized the airline business with the introduction of innovative low-fare business models, which are attracting a growing customer base.

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