Top 10 Airlines in the world in 2022: Stats and performance explained

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Top 10 Airlines in the world in 2022: Stats and performance explained
Top 10 Airlines in the world in 2022: Stats and performance explained
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Stats and performance

Stats and performance
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  • In 2022, American Airlines Group became the largest in the world in terms of fleet size and passengers transported. The second largest is Delta Airlines, which is also the largest in terms of revenue.
  • OAG’s frequency and capacity statistics published year on year throw a significant light on the growth and performance of the aviation sector in the world.
  • United Airlines is the largest among the passenger airlines in terms of the number of destinations served.

Scheduled and chartered flights

Scheduled and chartered flights
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Major airline companies in the world play a crucial role in transporting passengers and freight across geographies. Operating both scheduled and chartered flights, airlines are recognized via air operating certificates issued by governmental aviation bodies.

Until the 1930s, airlines were only owned personally. The trend between the 1940s and 1980s saw governments owning the major airlines. After the mid-1980s, there has been a large-scale privatization in the world’s airline sector.

Here you will find the latest stats and performance analytics of the world’s top 10 airlines in 2022 backed by OAG’s latest frequency and capacity statistics.

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American Airlines

American Airlines
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American Airlines has operated 174,465 flight services in June 2022 and this is the largest air carrier in the world in terms of fleet size, the number of scheduled passengers transported and revenue per passenger mile. Along with its affiliates and regional partners, the company operates over 6,800 flights per day to around 350 destinations in the world spread across 50 countries. In 2021, the company had 123,400 employees. In 2022, American Airlines is the largest commercial flights operator in the world owning a fleet of 911 aircrafts ranging from Boeing to Airbus and an increase of 161 aircrafts has been planned.

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines
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Delta Airlines, the second largest in the world, has operated 137,682 flight services in 2022 as of now. Delta is counted among the world’s oldest airlines carriers that’s still operating. Along with its regional affiliates like Delta Connection, Delta Airlines operates around 5,400 flights a day to more than 325 destinations across 52 countries spread across six continents. This airline has employed around 83,000 people and has a fleet comprising around 877 aircrafts.

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United Airlines

United Airlines
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Deemed as the third largest airline operator in 2022, United Airlines has accomplished 127,516 flight services in June 2022. United is one of the US’s major airlines headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. After it merged with the Continental Airlines in 2010, it has become the third largest airline in the world in terms of the number of routes and fleet size. The airline has employed over 84,100 people across its operations and the operator’s fleet size is 839 flying to over 342 destinations.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines
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The number of flight services Southwest Airlines operated in June 2022 is 113,876. Deemed as the fourth largest airline in the world, this is one of the largest airline operators in the United States and is the world’s largest low-cost airline. The airline makes around 4,000 departures per day supported by a fleet size of 735. The number of destinations it covers is 121 and the company has employed around 55,100 people across its operations.

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Ryanair

Ryanair
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Ryanair, the fifth largest airline operator in the world, has accomplished 86,961 flight departures in June 2022. The ultra-low cost airline based in Ireland primarily operates from its bases in Dublin and London’s Stansted airports. This is the biggest airline of Ireland and is the largest airline in Europe in terms of the number of passengers transported. On a typical day, Ryanair carries the most number of international passengers than any other airline in the world. The airline’s fleet size is 511 and the number of destinations it covers is 225. This carrier has employed around 17,500 people.

China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines
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The sixth largest in the world, China Southern Airlines, has completed 60,337 flight services in June 2022. The largest airlines operator in China, the company is headquartered in the Baiyun District of Guangdong Province. In terms of the number of passengers carried, this is the world’s sixth largest airline and the largest in Asia in terms of revenue, fleet size and number of passengers transported. The fleet size of the carrier is 642 flown to around 216 destinations. The firm has employed around 100,000 people.

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China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines
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The number of flight services China Eastern Airlines completed in June 2022 alone is 54,186, making it the seventh largest airline in the world. In China, this is the second largest carrier following China Southern Airlines. The carrier’s fleet size is 600 which flies to over 248 destinations. The company has employed around 80,000 people across its various operations.

Easyjet

Easyjet
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As per the stats published on OAG, Easyjet has flown 50,665 flight services in June 2022 and this is the eighth largest airline in the world today. Having its headquarters in London Luton Airport, Easyjet is a British multinational airline group specializing in low-cost airline services. This airline operates its flights to around 1,000 destinations in over 30 countries. The company’s fleet size is 324 and the number of people employed across its various operations is 13,000.

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Indigo

Indigo
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Indigo has flown 49,759 flight services in June 2022 and is the ninth largest airline operator in the world. This is a low-cost airline group headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. As per the stats collected in October 2021, Indigo operates over 1,500 daily flights to over 71 domestic and 25 international destinations. Indigo has around 53.5% domestic market share in India. The carrier is the fourth largest low-cost carrier in Asia in terms of fleet size and the number of passengers transported. The employee count on its rolls is around 23,711.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines
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The total number of departures Turkish Airlines accomplished in June 2022 is 42,713. This is the national airline carrier of Turkey flying its flights to around 331 destinations across Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Turkish Airlines serves the most number of destinations from a single airport than any other airline in the world. The fleet size of this carrier is 374 and the firm has employed around 37,670 people.

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