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Throughout the years we have been watching airlines and have updated you with the most important information about them, publication them in our articles accessible through this page?


Where is the airline business headed in 2010?

We have watched new airlines being born, some of them have evolved and have even become regional leaders, while others have tumbled into insuccess and went bankrupt.


We are sharing details regarding airline travel under this section of our website. offers you a deep look at the carriers through dedicated sections to the most important ones in the World. Additionally we will also share interesting facts, such as statistics with you...




In-depth airline information: destinations, fleet, etc.


You'll find info about the 3 major groups of airlines: the conventional carriers (includes flag carriers and other non-low cost airlines), the low cost airlines and the business carriers (which are scarce, a rare category of airlines, but they're getting increasingly popular).

New articles are being added periodically and existing ones are updated on a regular basis!

To access detailed information about specific air carriers, check the categorized sections below...


 Conventional carriers (flag carriers and various non-low cost carriers):

Aegean Airlines (Greece)

Air Astana (Kazakhstan)

Air Berlin (Germany)

Air New Zealand (New Zealand)

Air Tahiti Nui (French Polynesia)  

Air Transat (Canada)

Alitalia (Italy)  

American Airlines (USA)

Avianca (Colombia)

Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)  

Continental Airlines (USA)

Delta (USA)  

Dragonair (Hong Kong)  

Etihad Airways (UAE)

EVA Air (Taiwan)

Hawaiian Airlines (USA)

Iberia (Spain)

JAL - Japan Airlines (Japan)  

Jet Airways (India)

Kingfisher Airlines (India)  

KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines (Netherlands)

Korean Air (South Korea)

LAN Airlines   (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru)  

Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)  

Malév - Hungarian Airlines (Hungary)  

Mexicana de Aviación (Mexico)  

NWA - NorthWest Airlines (USA)

Qantas (Australia)  

Qatar Airways (Qatar)

SATA International (Portugal)

Singapore Airlines (Singapore)

Skywest (Australia)  

South African Airways (South Africa)

TACA International (El Salvador)

TAM Airlines (Brazil)

TAP Portugal (Portugal)  

Thai Airways (Thailand)  

Turkish Airlines (Turkey)

Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam)

Virgin Atlantic Airways (UK)


 Low cost airlines:  

AirAsia (Malaysia)

AirTran Airways (USA)

easyJet (UK)

Flybe (UK)  

Frontier Airlines (USA)

German Wings (Germany)  

Jet2 (UK)

JetBlue (USA)

Kingfisher Airlines (India)  

Monarch Airlines (UK)

Nigerian Eagle Airlines (Nigeria) [formerly known as Virgin Nigeria]

Ryanair (Ireland)  

S7 Airlines (Russia)  

SouthWest (USA)

Spirit Airlines (USA)

Tiger Airways (Singapore)

Virgin Blue (Australia)

Vueling (Spain)

WIZZ Air (Hungary)  


 Business carriers:  

EOS Airlines (USA) [defunct]

MAXJet (USA) [defunct]

Silverjet (UK) [defunct]


Airline statistics


Newcomers from emerging economies (such as Kingfisher, China Eastern Airlines), the new breed of low cost carriers (easyJet, Ryanair), hybrid airlines (like JetBlue), charter airlines (for instance, Thomas Cook).


The World's biggest airlines in terms of passengers


Based on official figures published by IATA we have put together a list showing the top 10 airlines in the World in terms of passengers (as of 2008).


Airline company and origin:

Number of passengers transported (2008):

 1.  SouthWest Airlines

101,92 million

 2.  American Airlines

92,77 million

 3.  Delta Airlines

71,84 million

 4.  United Airlines

63,07 million

 5.  China Southern Airlines

57,96 million

 6.  Ryanair

57,64 million

 7.  US Airways

54,77 million

 8.  Lufthansa

54,69 million

 9.  Air France

50,44 million

 10.  NorthWest Airlines (NWA)

49,67 million

 Note: we have included passenger carrier airlines only, taking account of nothing but the number of travelers transported


In 2009 Delta Airlines and NorthWest Airlines have decided to merge and form a "new" mega airline. The name of the "new" airline will be Delta. The NorthWest brand name and old heritage of almost a century will be lost.

The new airline will be fully functional and will "wear" the Delta emblems in 2010.

This will be the World's biggest airline in terms of passengers and in terms of fleet size as well.


The World's biggest airline fleets


We have taken a look at fleet sizes and have come up with this list of airlines. These are the biggest airline fleets in the World.


Airline company and origin:

Number of aircraft (2008):

 1.  Delta Airlines


 2.  American Airlines


 3.  SouthWest Airlines


 4.  United Airlines


 5.  Continental Airlines


 6.  Air France-KLM


 7.  US Airways


 8.  China Southern Airlines


 9.  SkyWest Airlines


 10.  American Eagle Airlines


Note: the list above contains the total number of aircraft owned by each company, includes passenger, cargo and other types


This list changes more often than the list of airlines in terms of passenger numbers.

Airlines retire older aircraft, often sell them, lease them and this reduces the numbers. At the same time new purchases take place, sometimes they rent, lease new aircraft that just temporarily enters the fleet, measures which increase the numbers.

The low cost airlines are major purchasers or airliners.


IATA airline codes


IATA has designated codes for air carriers. You might see these codes on plane tickets or you might require them when searching for a flight.

IATA airline codes lookup list


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