The United States remains the origin of aviation after the
Wright Brothers took to the air in the turn of the 20th century. America’s
aviation industry has certainly grown in leaps and bounds since that pioneering
flight, and is currently home to some of the world’s largest airlines. The two largest
airlines in the United States based on total number of annual passengers, are
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines with the two airlines flying millions of
passengers across the globe each year.
American Airlines is America’s largest airline in terms of
number of annual passengers, a title the airline has held the title for five
consecutive years since 2013. In 2017, more than 198 million passengers used
American Airlines, the highest of any airline in the country. American Airlines
is also recognized as the world’s largest airline based both on the number of
destinations and the size of its fleet, having about 350 destinations spread across
the globe, and 948 planes making up its immense fleet.
The airline was established in April, 1926, but commenced its
operations 10 years later, in June, 1936. American Airlines was a founding
member of the world’s third largest airline alliance, Oneworld Alliance. The
airline has its headquarters based in Fort Worth, Texas and housed in a
Fort Worth is also home to American Airline’s primary hub;
the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport. About 53 million of the airline’s
passengers go through the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport each year. The
airline’s other important hubs include; the Charlotte Douglas International
Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, O’Hare International Airport and
Miami International Airport.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines, also known as Delta, is the second-largest airline
in the United States based on passenger numbers. In 2017, the airline had its passenger
numbers reaching 186.39 million, the airline’s highest in its history, and only
exceeded in the United States by America Airlines. Delta was one of the four
founding airlines of the SkyTeam, a leading global airline alliance. Delta’s
fleet is the second-largest in the United States, as it is comprised of 850
The airline local and international network is only surpassed
by American Airlines, and is made up of 319 destinations, drawn from 54
countries around the globe. Founded in 1924, Delta is among the oldest airlines
in the world. In 2008, Delta Air Line merged with Northwest Airlines to form
what became the world’s largest airlines.
Delta has its headquarters situated in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, which doubles up as the airline’s
primary and largest hub. Additionally, the airline has 9 other hubs located in
major cities in the United States.
To facilitate the development of the aviation industry in
the country, the US government regularly grants US-based airliners with
subsidies amounting to billions of dollars. The subsidies are issued through public
tenders. America’s largest airline, American Airlines is a recipient of the
government subsidies, and received $10 million in November, 2013 aimed at connecting
small domestic airports in rural America to the nat ional network.