The latest rankings of the world's largest scheduled airlines for Apr-2011 reveals further change at the top, as some airlines expand capacity levels aggressively, while others cut back. As noted last month, Emirates has moved ahead of United (though the United-Continental combination would be the world's biggest, ahead of Delta by some 10%).
Other big movers in the latest ranking, based on data supplied by Innovata, include Lufthansa, which has surged ahead of Southwest Airlines into fifth place thanks to a planned 12.1% increase in capacity (as measured by ASKs) this month.
Air France has taken British Airways' position as eighth biggest, reflecting the French carrier's 1.4% increase in capacity and BA's 3.2% contraction. The Air France-KLM combination ranks fourth, behind United-Continental, Delta and American, but slightly ahead of Emirates.
Turkish Airlines and TAM are new entrants to the Top 25 list, thanks to 26.6% and 9.4% increases in capacity this month, year-on-year, respectively. Japan Airlines will shortly exit the top flight, dropping eight positions this month to 25th, reflecting a 23.6% reduction in capacity.
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Global Top 25 Airlines by capacity per week (ASK) – Apr-2011 vs Apr-2010
|Delta Air Lines||5,937,296,571||6,249,895,966||5.3%||1||1||-|
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