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Top 10: Top Airlines For 2010 According To IATA

World's largest airlines by international passenger kilometres.
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Top 10: Top Airlines For 2010 According To IATA, Ranked By International Passenger Kilometres

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published its latest ranking of the world’s airlines in terms of international passenger kilometres, with the top 10 including entries from Emirates, American Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Cathay Pacific Airways. A passenger kilometre is a unit to measure traffic by multiplying the number of passengers by the number of kilometres each passenger is flown.

NUMBER 10: KLM (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 76,065)
Based in Amsterdam, KLM is the national airline of the Netherlands. Part of the Air France-KLM Group, KLM operates a fleet that includes narrow and wide-body Boeing, Airbus and McDonnell Douglas aircraft. Its extensive network includes services within Europe and to Asia, Africa, North America, Central and South America and the Middle East. KLM is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance.

NUMBER 9: American Airlines (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 80,531)
A subsidiary of AMR Corporation, American Airlines (AA) is based at Dallas Fort Worth with hubs in Chicago, Miami and New York. Merging with TWA Airlines in 2001, AA uses an large fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft. AA’s extensive network includes domestic and regional services within North America and international services to Europe, Asia, Central America and South America. AA is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.

NUMBER 8: Ryanair (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 81,890)
Ryanair is Europe's largest airline, the largest low-cost carrier, and one of the world's largest airlines as measured by international passengers carried. Ryanair has its largest base at largest base at London Stansted Airport, and second-largest base at Dublin Airport. Ryanair currently operates a network covering over 40 bases and 1,100 routes (with over 1,300 daily departures) across 26 countries, connecting some 155 destinations. Ryanair operates a fleet of over 250 B737-800 aircraft, with a large order backlog. Ryanair employs more than 8,000 people and expects traffic to grow to 73.5 million passengers in fiscal year 2011.


NUMBER 7: Singapore Airlines (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 84,911)

Based at Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines is the national carrier of Singapore. Using a fleet of wide-body Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including the A380 of which Singapore Airlines was the launch customer, Singapore Airlines operates an extensive network to 93 destinations in 38 countries across Asia, North America, Australasia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Singapore Airlines is a founding member of the Star Alliance.


NUMBER 6: Cathay Pacific Airways (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 87,332)
As the national carrier of Hong Kong SAR and based at Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific is majority-owned by logistics corporation Swire Pacific with significant shareholdings from Air China parent CNAC. Using a fleet which includes widebody Boeing and Airbus aircraft, Cathay Pacific’s extensive network consists of services throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the oneworld alliance and wholly-owns short-haul operator Dragonair.

NUMBER 5: British Airways (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 103,095)
British Airways (BA) is the national carrier of the United Kingdom, a subsidiary of publicly-listed International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), and is based at London Heathrow Airport with a secondary base at London Gatwick Airport. Using a fleet of wide and narrow-bodied Airbus and Boeing aircraft, BA’s extensive network, including that of franchise partners Sun Air (Turkey) and Comair (South Africa), includes services to Europe, North America, Latin America, Canada, Africa, Asia and Australia. BA is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.

NUMBER 4: Air France (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 115,837)
A subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and based in Paris, Air France is the national airline of France. The airline merged with Dutch flag carrier KLM in 2004, forming one of the world's largest airlines, carrying over 74.5 million passengers in 2008-2009. The airline is based at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with smaller hubs at Paris-Orly, Lyon and Nice airport. Air France operates an extensive global network, serving almost 200 destinations across North America, South America, Asia and Africa. Air France is a founding member of SkyTeam.

NUMBER 3: Delta Air Lines (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 119,055)
Based in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines in Oct-2008 to form one of the largest airlines in the world. Operating an extensive fleet of Boeing aircraft, Delta’s network includes extensive domestic services within the United States as well as international services to Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. The airline's main hub is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which ranks among the world's busiest - largely due to Delta's dominant presence at the facility. Delta also has hubs in New York, Detroit, Minneapolis, Memphis and Salt Lake City in the USA and international hubs at Amsterdam, Tokyo and Paris. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam.

NUMBER 2: Lufthansa (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 124,614)
With its headquarters in Cologne and primary hubs at Frankfurt and Munich Airports and secondary hubs in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Milan, Lufthansa is one of the largest airlines in Europe. Operating a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft, Lufthansa operates an extensive network of regional services within Germany and Europe as well as Asia, the Middle East, North America, South America and Africa. A publicly listed company, Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance.

NUMBER 1: Emirates (International Passenger Kilometres In Millions: 143,660)
Founded in 1985, Emirates Airline is the national carrier of the emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is based at Dubai International Airport. The world's largest airline as measure by international passengers carried, Emirates is among the fastest-growing airlines in the world, pursuing an aggressive expansion strategy across all continents. The airline operating a large fleet of all-widebody Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The airline is the largest customer for the Airbus A380. Emirates provides an extensive network of services within the Middle East as well as to Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Australasia, North America, Europe and South America.

(Profile source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation - CAPA)

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