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Emirates replaces United Airlines as world’s third largest carrier: Top 25 Rankings

2-Mar-2011

Dubai-based Emirates continues its rise up the world rankings, taking third place ahead of United Airlines in terms of monthly capacity (ASKs). Emirates will produce 16.9 billion ASKs in Mar-2011, up 9.9% year-on-year, while United’s capacity is easing 0.6% to just under 16 billion ASKs, according to the latest data from schedules provider, Innovata.

Delta Air Lines and American retain first and second rankings, with 28.4 billion and 21.8 billion ASKs, respectively, while Southwest Airlines rounds out the Top 5.

British Airways has reclaimed ninth position from rival Air France with 12.7 billion and 12.6 billion ASKs this month, respectively, growing 4.7% and 3.0%.

Other notable movers include Ryanair, which has risen from 20th place in Mar-2010 to 16th this year with 8.3 billion ASKs. Ryanair is the third fastest growing carrier of the global Top 25, with an 18.3% increase in capacity scheduled for this month, behind Turkish Airlines (+21.9%) and Qatar Airways (+20.3%), which are also surging up the rankings of the world’s biggest airlines.

Japan Airlines will soon exit the top flight, falling from 16th to 25th over the past year, thanks to a 22.1% year-on-year reduction in ASKs to 6.1 billion.

The Top 25 carriers account for 50.8% of global capacity, down from 51.7% in Mar-2010. As a group, they are increasing capacity by 6.7%, slightly below the 8.6% year-on-year surge in global capacity this month.

Global Top 25 Airlines by capacity (ASK) – Mar-2011 vs Mar-2010

Operating Airline

Rank Mar-10

Mar-10

Rank Mar-11

Mar-11

% Change

Delta Air Lines

1

26,364,136,670

1

28,372,453,003

7.6%

American Airlines

2

21,027,737,107

2

21,796,528,464

3.7%

Emirates

4

15,386,366,712

3

16,913,502,614

9.9%

United Airlines

3

16,080,603,172

4

15,976,413,506

-0.6%

Southwest Airlines

5

13,319,283,847

5

14,480,548,895

8.7%

Continental Airlines

6

13,019,311,391

6

14,170,584,045

8.8%

Lufthansa

7

12,475,379,670

7

14,127,065,440

13.2%

British Airways

9

12,188,220,699

8

12,763,571,027

4.7%

Air France

8

12,223,523,140

9

12,587,751,183

3.0%

US Airways

10

9,646,857,246

10

9,949,898,177

3.1%

Cathay Pacific Airways

11

9,009,781,821

11

9,903,638,741

9.9%

Singapore Airlines

13

8,730,511,658

12

9,612,907,291

10.1%

China Southern Airlines

12

8,789,574,958

13

9,358,898,830

6.5%

Air China

14

8,313,922,870

14

8,858,900,354

6.6%

Qantas Airways

15

8,041,650,291

15

8,383,960,293

4.3%

Ryanair

20

7,035,392,192

16

8,321,753,769

18.3%

Air Canada

17

7,543,723,563

17

8,191,454,017

8.6%

KLM

18

7,313,811,821

18

7,784,871,450

6.4%

China Eastern Airlines

21

6,757,115,023

19

7,696,727,086

13.9%

Korean Air Lines

19

7,050,647,131

20

7,418,752,981

5.2%

Thai Airways

22

6,691,436,244

21

7,003,683,713

4.7%

Qatar Airways

-

5,398,826,904

22

6,495,280,838

20.3%

TAM

23

5,798,329,654

23

6,236,293,379

7.6%

Turkish Airlines

-

5,082,212,121

24

6,196,718,940

21.9%

Japan Airlines

16

7,870,638,176

25

6,133,873,129

-22.1%

Sub-total Top 25

 

261,158,994,082

 

278,736,031,164

6.7%

GRAND TOTAL

 

505,222,324,927

 

548,865,014,054

8.6%


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