Passenger airlines - statistics & facts

Passenger airlines are airlines dedicated to the transport of human passengers. Passenger airlines typically operate a fleet of passenger aircraft that may be either owned outright by an airline company or leased from commercial aircraft sale and leasing companies. Passenger airlines can be mainline, with flights operated by the airline's main operating unit, or a regional airline that operates regionally over shorter non-intercontinental distances. Passenger airlines may also be low-cost carriers, which provide basic and less expensive services, charter airlines which operate outside regular schedule intervals, or a major airline with at least one billion U.S. dollars in revenue.

Largest airlines in the world

Some of the largest airlines worldwide include: American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Lufthansa, United Intercontinental Holdings, China Southern Airlines, and Air France-KLM. In 2020, Delta Air Lines was the airline with the highest brand value, closely followed by American, United and Southwest Airlines. American had an estimated brand value of just under 8.9 billion U.S. dollars.

Impact of coronavirus on air passenger traffic

The aviation industry was severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, erasing two decades of global passenger traffic growth in only a couple of months. The restrictions imposed by governments all over the world have kept aircraft fleets on the ground, decreased air passenger traffic by almost 61 percent, and generated only 328 billion U.S. dollars in revenue.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 31 most important statistics relating to "Passenger airlines".


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