The Largest Airlines in the World
Southwest Airlines carried more total system passengers in 2017 than any other U.S. airline. American Airlines carried more passengers on international flights to and from the U.S. in 2017 than any other U.S. or foreign carrier. British Airways carried the most passengers on flights to and from the U.S. of any foreign airline.
Key to Success for Southwest Airlines
American Airlines tops the heap with a whopping $9.1 billion brand value. Delta Air Lines came in second, with an $8.7 billion value, followed by United Airlines ($7 billion). Practically tied for fourth were Emirates and Southwest Airlines both valued at $5.3 billion, each. These statistics were compiled by Brand Finance, a brand valuation consultancy headquartered in London, England.
Top Airport in the World
The top airport in the world is also the main operating hub of the world’s No. 2 airline, Delta—that’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to the Airports Council International in 2017, Atlanta’s airport serviced the most passengers (104 million) in 2017.
As for where in the U.S. that more passengers boarded the most international flights, that was at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. American and Delta both operate major hubs out of JFK Airport.
American-based airlines may dominate the friendly skies now, but China’s airline industry is taking off. Atlanta, Georgia, may have the busiest airport in the world, but not far behind is Beijing Capital International Airport with 95 million passengers per year. There are a staggering 182 commercial airports in China, the world’s most populous nation.
Another strong competitor, German airliner Lufthansa, has seen its brand value grow tremendously by 29 percent to $2.9 billion. It is being viewed as one of the fastest growing brands in the world. Lufthansa’s sudden boom is likely tied to the collapse of Air Berlin, which increased Lufthansa’s market share and the expansion of its flight portfolio.