Over the years, air travel has grown in popularity to one of the most favoured modes of transportation. With a growing global economy, air travel has never been overemphasised. Combine this with the fact that more and more people are now finding reasons to travel around the world and you get the reasons as to why airlines such as the sw airlines and the british airways to name but a few decided to increase their fleet. Here is a list of the top ten largest airlines in the world with their fleet numbers:
China Eastern Airlines
The airline is owned by China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited. The China Eastern Airline is one of the major airlines in China with a fleet capacity of 349. The airline has its headquarters situated at Shanghai Hongqiao.
In Canada, Air Canada is the largest airline in the region and boasts of being Canada’s flag carrier. The airline was found way back in 1936 under the username Trans-Canada Airlines. Later on in 1965, the airline was renamed to Air Canada. Air Canada brags of having a fleet capacity of 354.
As the flag carrier of France, Air France has a fleet number of 381. The airline was found in 1933 and has its headquarters located at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport which is found to the north of Paris. The airline flies to 35 destinations locally and serves over 93 countries.
The airline is commonly referred to as Lufthansa German Airlines and is currently German’s flagship carrier. In terms of fleet size (at 401), Lufthansa ranks as the largest airline in Europe. The airline that has its headquarters in Cologne was privatised in 1994.
China Southern Airlines
Owned by China Southern Airlines Company Limited, China Southern Airlines has its headquarters in Baiyun District. The airline has a fleet size of 423 and is rated among China’s Big Three airlines. The airline flies to 193 destinations.
The US Airways
The US Airways ranks as one of the largest airlines in the United States. The airline is owned by US Airways Group and has its headquarters located in Tempe, Arizona. The airline flies to over 198 domestic and international destinations. The airline has a fleet size of 621.
The Southwest Airlines is sometimes referred to as the sw airlines and is located in Dallas, Texas. The airline currently stands as the largest low-cost carrier in the world. On a daily basis, the airline flies to 86 destinations in 42 states and makes over 3,400 flights. The sw airlines boast of a fleet size of 683.
The airline is owned by AMR Corporation and has its headquarters located in Fort Worth, Texas. The airline flies to a number of destinations both locally and internationally. It has a fleet capacity of 873.
The airline is a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings and has its headquarters located at the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The airline has a total fleet size of 1,264.
For an airline with operating with a fleet size of 1,280, it stands out as the largest airline in the world. It is the oldest airline in the US and has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.