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Latest airline rankings show winners and losers in battle for air supremacy…

Posted on 20 May 2011


An Emirates jet taxis on the tarmac at Dubai International Airport in this April 20, 2010, file photo.

Emirates, Lufthansa, Air France and Ryanair are moving up the list, while United, Southwest, British Airways and US Airways slipped in the rankings for the world’s largest airlines, according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).


Recently compiled data from CAPA shows the top 25 airlines by seat capacity in May 2011 vs. the same period in 2010. Emirates continued its steady march towards becoming the world’s largest airline with a 9% increase in capacity, year over year, taking over third place from United Airlines.


Lufthansa maintained its distinction as Europe’s largest airline with a 13.4% capacity increase, to take over fifth place from Southwest Airlines. Meanwhile, Air France surpassed archrival British Airways for eighth place on the list.


Delta and American Airlines remained in the number one and two spots respectively, but these airlines will drop to second and third place when United Airlines completes its merger with Continental Airlines later this year.


Despite falling behind Lufthansa in the rankings, Southwest remains as the world’s largest low-cost airline, but Ryanair jumped from 13th to tenth in the rankings this month, following a 19.7% capacity boost. This was the greatest jump of any airline in the top 25.


In a somewhat surprising result, China Southern Airways dropped from 11th to 13th on the list, despite the explosive growth in air travel in that part of the world.


New to the top 25 list this month are Turkish Airlines, TAM and All Nippon Airways, which replaced its chief competitor, the slumping Japan Airlines, in the top 25. Turkish Airlines also implemented the largest percentage increase in capacity, growing the number of available seats by an incredible 27.8% in the past year.


This dynamic movement among the top 25 airlines may become even more volatile in the coming months as inflated jet fuel costs cause many airlines to cut capacity.

Source; USA Today

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