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World's biggest airlines rankings: Jul-2011

5-Jul-2011

Delta Air Lines remains by far the world's leading carrier, in terms of systemwide capacity (ASKs) per week. But Emirates and Lufthansa have surged ahead of Continental Airlines, which drops out of the top five, with 8.1% and 11.9% year-on-year increases in capacity this month, respectively. Continental is trimming its ASKs by 0.2% this month.

However, based on Jul-2011 data, the combined ASKs of United-Continental is some 3.2% greater than Delta's (including the regional services operated by other carriers but marketed by the majors), thereby ranking it largest.

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The world's airlines are scheduling some 5.4% more seats this July than the same month in 2010, translating into a 6.8% increase in ASKs. These are the same increases in capacity that were witnessed in Jun-2011.

Worldwide capacity: Jul-2010 vs Jul-2011*

  Jul-2010 Jul-2011 % Change
Grand Total Flights per Week 601,246 623,735 3.7%
Grand Total Seats per Week 75,342,114 79,409,230 5.4%
Grand Total ASKs per Week 130,021,994,958 138,918,741,062 6.8%

Top 25 movers

But there are changes at the top. Southwest Airlines (with a 7.4% capacity increase) moves ahead of Air France as the seventh biggest carrier worldwide, while Ryanair and China Southern Airlines have also each gained a place at the expense of the slow-growing Air Canada. Korean Air moves ahead of All Nippon Airways with a 12% capacity lift this month year-on-year.

Turkish Airlines remains the fastest-growing carrier in the Top 25, with a near 28% year-on-year surge in capacity, while Qatar Airways' moderation in capacity growth was another notable feature this month.

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Global Top 25 Airlines by capacity per week (ASK) – Jul-2010 vs Jul-2011*

 Airline  Jul-10  Jul-11  % Change World Ranking   Variance
Jul-10 Jul-11
Delta Air Lines 8,201,204,608 8,285,811,997 1.0% 1 1 -
American Airlines 5,450,643,709 5,634,286,801 3.4% 2 2 -
United Airlines 4,735,983,563 4,773,244,479 0.8% 3 3 -
Emirates 3,633,389,885 3,926,339,982 8.1% 5 4 +1
Lufthansa 3,407,384,500 3,813,761,807 11.9% 6 5 +1
Continental Airlines 3,786,018,459 3,777,146,669 -0.2% 4 6 -2
Southwest Airlines 3,245,539,967 3,486,483,553 7.4% 8 7 +1
Air France 3,271,334,795 3,355,320,375 2.6% 7 8 -1
British Airways 2,991,385,551 3,125,598,973 4.5% 9 9 -
US Airways 2,937,868,958 2,997,177,839 2.0% 10 10 -
Ryanair 2,292,204,222 2,567,051,067 12.0% 12 11 +1
China Southern Airlines 2,264,561,554 2,425,526,822 7.1% 13 12 +1
Air Canada 2,313,033,655 2,367,373,939 2.3% 11 13 -2
Cathay Pacific
2,159,045,379 2,359,363,114 9.3% 14 14 -
Singapore Airlines 2,040,861,641 2,192,025,696 7.4% 15 15 -
Air China 2,012,159,237 2,080,572,669 3.4% 16 16 -
Qantas Airways 1,954,495,324 2,020,999,180 3.4% 17 17 -
KLM 1,853,994,125 1,955,633,659 5.5% 18 18 -
China Eastern Airlines 1,787,972,574 1,903,962,399 6.5% 19 19 -
Korean Air
1,634,739,915 1,830,995,106 12.0% 21 20 +1
All Nippon Airways 1,652,940,730 1,789,753,471 8.3% 20 21 -1
Turkish Airlines 1,315,685,243 1,682,563,774 27.9% n/a 22 n/a
Thai Airways 1,466,252,487 1,588,956,991 8.4% 23 23 -
TAM 1,426,336,218 1,563,678,500 9.6% n/a 24 n/a
Qatar Airways 1,501,250,022 1,561,531,848 4.0% 22 25 -3
GRAND TOTAL 69,336,286,322 73,065,160,709 5.4%      

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