In 2017, more than four billion people purchased air tickets for travelling to their destinations. International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its 20- year Air passenger forecast predicts near doubling of this number in the next two decades and expects 8 billion passengers to travel by 2036.
According to its forecast, China will be the leading country in terms of passenger number with 921 million air travelers, followed by the United States with 401 million travelers, and India 478 million.
In this blog post, we will take a look at the 4 most popular American Airlines based on the number of passengers flown in the year 2017. American Airlines retains its top spot while as Delta Airlines earned the second spot.
- American Airlines
American Airlines retains the top spot of Airlines in the USA on the basis of passenger traffic in 2017. Airlines which merged with US Airways in 2013 operated 2.2 million flights in 2017 and flew 209 million passengers. American Airlines operates 6.700 flights a day to 350 international destinations in more than 50 countries.
- Delta Airlines
After its merger with Northwest Airlines about a decade ago, Delta Airlines passenger number has gone up steadily. In 2017, it carried 187 million passengers and operated 5400 flights on daily basis. It offers Air travel to 306 destinations based in 50 nations. With a fleet of more than 800 aircraft, Delta Airlines earned the second spot of Airlines in the USA.
- Southwest Airlines
This one of the ultra-low-cost airlines carried above 130 million passengers in 2017. Its passenger ratio has gone up by 5% in 2017 from 2016. It operates 3600 flights daily to more than 100 national and international destinations. Its 90 per cent flights operate inside in the US and rest flights to around 10 countries.
During peak travel season, South West Airlines operates over 4,000 flights on weekdays to all its national and international destinations. Its focus cities are Washington- Baltimore, Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago Midway, and Phoenix. Among its main highlights in 2017 is the start of Boeing 737MAX flights. The airlines are planning to start flights to Hawaii.
- United Airlines
With 4500 flights a day to 337 destinations spreading across 36 continents, United Airlines carried 14 million passengers in 2017. It was about 4 per cent higher than its passenger number in 2016. Its fleet consists of 743 mainline aircraft and 478 regional aircraft. Some of its top destinations include Denver International Airport, Won Pat International Airport, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and O’Hare International Airport.
Passenger statistics are released by respective Airlines on their websites. On the basis of punctuality, Delta Airlines and the ultra-low-cost Airline, Spirit Airlines attained the spot 1 and 2 respectively. With 78.97%, American Airlines ranked fifth in terms of punctuality. For any query or help feel free and visit our site and call our toll free number