DELAG, Deutsche Luftschiffahrts Aktiengesellschaft was the world’s first airline which was founded in 1909 with government assistance and manufactured by The Zeppelin Corporation is headquartered in Frankfurt.
Four oldest non directed airlines that still survive are Netherlands’ KLM, Colombia’s Avianca, Australia’s Qantas and Czech Airlines. Biggest airlines can be determine in various ways like its size, profits, revenue, carried domestic and international passengers, market capitalizations and some other ways. It provide the passengers air transport services now a day’s air travel is considered as good business going there are many companies who operate the flights for the passengers for one place to another.
Airline services also provide international, domestic, regional and intercontinental some airline services are biggest or largest American airlines group provide best services and declared as biggest airlines in the world.
Here is the list of top 10 biggest airlines in the world 2017.
10. China Eastern Airlines , 349 aircraft
This largest company transports almost 79.1 million passengers in a year on its fleet of 497 aircraft. It is most innovative Chinese airline company and received the awards of Five-Star Flight Safety which is given by the CAAC according to Fortune China’s lists. It was established in 1988 it is main major airline of Chinese which is operating international, domestic and regional routes. It has two main hubs such as Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong with the secondary hubs of Beijing Capital International Airport, Kunming Changshui International Airport and Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.
9. Air Canada, 354 aircraft
This is flag carrier and largest airline of Canada headquarters are located in Montréal, Quebec, while its largest hub is at Toronto Pearson International Airport it was found in 1937 and start operation in 1965. In 2015 its passengers revenue generate CA$13.8 billion it’s also world largest or biggest airline due to its fleet size during 2016 revenue was $21.6 billion. Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport with the main subsidiary of Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge.
8. Air France, 381 aircraft
France and the Netherlands airline with the 96000 Employees during 2008, this airline was declared as the largest airline company in the world in case of total operating revenues and also the largest all over the world in case of international passenger-kilometers. In 2016 with the daily flights of 2200 in more than 1500 countries it carried 87.35 million passengers this is why this is currently declared as biggest airline in the world. It was originally found in 1933 French flag carrier headquartered in Tremblay-en-France but merger in 2004 that combined the French and Dutch airlines.
7. Lufthansa, 401 aircraft
Lufthansa is largest airline in Europe in case of fleet size and second largest airline in case of passengers carried last year of 2016, it provide the services of 197 international destination 18 home based destinations more than 78 countries included Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Its major operation office located in Lufthansa Aviation Center and headquarter found in Cologne registered office also located in same state. 60% shares of Lufthansa airline maintain by institutional investors in 2014 and remaining 40% maintain by individual stock owners.
6. China Southern Airlines, 423 aircraft
During 2014 China Southern Airlines carried 100.92 million passengers that make number first in Asia and third all over the world due to measuring of passengers. It headquarter located in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China was founded in 1988 rebuilt from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in short period of time it became one of China’s Big Three airlines. It is announced as biggest airline all over the world according to passengers carried it’s also Asian biggest aircraft due to passengers carried, fleet size and revenue this company also received in 2014 the Stars of China Award from the Global Finance Magazine.
5. Fedex, 634 aircraft
It is an American multinational courier delivery services company which was founded in 1971 46 years ago by the Frederick W. Smith and its headquarter found in Memphis, Tennessee. Fedex is an abbreviation of company’s original air division, Federal Express which was uses during 1973 to 2000. It’s actually overnight courier services and provides real time services it is best and biggest airline in the world. It provide the facilities of Post delivery, express mail, freight forwarding, third-party logistics in 2016 it revenue was about $50.365 billion with the total assets of $46.064 billion.
4. Southwest Airlines, 683 aircraft
Another world biggest airline is Southwest Airlines but low cost carrier and received many awards for the safety, customer services, friendly environment services that also make it best and admirable airline in the world. With the 47,000 employees this company flying 97 destinations on 697 aircrafts and 135.76 passengers may fly on the total 1255502 just in one year of 2014, in this same year it carried most domestic passengers of any United State airline. This biggest airline was founded in 1967 Rollin King and Herbert Kelleher in 1978 it starts flying to neighbor state.
3. United Airlines, 1264 aircraft
United Airlines was found in 1926 with the name of Varney Air Lines after some time it named as United Airline and its headquartered situated in Chicago, Illinois it’s also biggest airline in the world by the revenue and passengers as well. It operates the international and domestic both flights with wide existence in the Asia-Pacific region its major competitors are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines. It has nine main hub which are operated in Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.
2. Delta Airlines, 1280 aircraft
It’s also largest American airline that located in Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia and start in 1924 about 93 years ago. It is oldest airline by the base date also one of the oldest airline which is still running in the United State during 2013 it was declared as largest airline globally with the 120.6 million passengers and second largest in case of revenue passenger-kilometers flown (277.6 billion) currently also declared as largest airline in the world with the passengers of 170 million annually operating flights 15000 more than 57 countries.
1. American Airlines, 1494 aircraft
American airlines are top biggest airline in the world due to size, revenue, schedule passengers and destination server it’s headquartered located in Fort Worth, Texas it was founded in 1930. An American run with regional cooperator wide international and domestic network with almost 6,700 flights every day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. 2014 was the best year for the company according to chairman and chief executive Doug Parker, with a net income of $4.184 billion this is huge amount. This world biggest airline has more than 133000 employees and carries 140000 passengers on daily basis.