Due to the Corona pandemic, many airlines had to reduce their fleet size. We’ve analyzed the fleet size of 200 airlines after pandemic-related adjustments. As a result, here’s the list of the 50 biggest airlines according to their fleet size.
There are many metrics to define the world’s biggest airlines. With some of our latest rankings, we’ve analyzed the world’s airlines according to their safety performance, product quality, or capacity. Today, we take a look at the fleet size of the world’s airlines. However, contrary to many other rankings, we incorporated Corona-related reductions. Therefore, our ranking contains the most up-to-date fleet figures.
World’s 50 Biggest Airlines — Contents
In case you want to directly jump to a specific part of the ranking — here are the quicklinks:
- 50 — 41 World’s Biggest Airlines
- 40 — 31 World’s Biggest Airlines
- 30 — 21 World’s Biggest Airlines
- 20 — 11 World’s Biggest Airlines
- 10 — 1 World’s Biggest Airlines
Rank 50 — 41: World’s Biggest Airlines by Fleet Size
Portugal’s TAP kicks off the list of the 50 biggest airlines by fleet size. Besides TAP, we have some airlines that operate an identical fleet size. Etihad Airways, S7, and Frontier all operate 104 aircraft. Moreover, KLM and Air New Zealand, and SpiceJet operate 112 aircraft. And finally, Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air both operate 121 aircraft. Additionally, Ethiopian Airlines represents the only African Airlines of the ranking.
|47||Etihad Airways||United Arab Emirates||104|
|47||Frontier Airlines||United States||104|
|43||Air New Zealand||New Zealand||112|
Rank 40 — 31: World’s Biggest Airlines by Fleet Size
On the ranks 40 -31, we have some other airlines that operate the same amount of aircraft. Qantas and Vueling operate 126 aircraft, whereas LATAM, GOL, and Air India operate 127 aircraft. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that airlines on rank 50 – 35 are pretty close to each other. Therefore, it is likely that some airlines have to adjust their fleet size and ranks accordingly in the aftermath of Corona.
|33||SAS Scandinavian Airlines||Sweden||137|
Rank 30 — 21: World’s Biggest Airlines by Fleet Size
We are getting closer to the top 20 of the world’s biggest airlines by fleet size — and the number of aircraft increases. While Spirit Airlines (#30) operates a fleet of 153 aircraft, Aeroflot (#20) already cracks the 200-mark. Japan Airlines and WestJet again operate an identical fleet size.
|30||Spirit Airlines||United States||153|
|27||Korean Air||South Korea||166|
Rank 20 — 11: World’s Biggest Airlines by Fleet Size
When entering the top 20, we find Europe’s “Big Three” — Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa. With Hainan Airlines, we have the first out of four Chinese big players in the top 20. Ryanair is no longer in the top 10 and ranks 11th. Moreover, Emirates gets the title of Middle East’s biggest airline by fleet size.
|18||All Nippon Airlines||Japan||227|
|15||British Airways||United Kingdom||254|
|13||Emirates||United Arab Emirates||268|
Rank 10 — 1: World’s Biggest Airlines by Fleet Size
And finally, here are the top 10 — dominated by American and Chinese airlines. Besides Turkish Airlines (#10) and Easyjet (#9), only airlines from China and the United States are among the biggest players. Moreover, the fleet size of the top 3 but also of the top 6 is amazing. American Airlines’ fleet is bigger than the combined fleet of Lufthansa, Air France, and British Airways. On top of that, the total number of aircraft of the top six airlines is almost as big as the one of all airlines ranked 50 – 11.
|8||Alaska Airlines||United States||330|
|6||China Eastern Airlines||China||581|
|5||China Southern Airlines||China||626|
|4||Southwest Airlines||United States||734|
|3||Delta Air Lines||United States||781|
|2||United Airlines||United States||834|
|1||American Airlines||United States||881|
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Data Source: All data shown on this blog post are based on internal sources or Wikipedia.