Airlines industry is one of the most important industries in the 21st century. It forms the backbone of the global trade and travel. According to IATA (International Air Transport Association), the trade association of world’s airlines the estimated revenue of global commercial airlines was 718 billion dollars – passenger revenue forming bulk of the revenue at $ 518 billion and $ 52.8 coming from cargo operations. The top airlines include Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings, Deutsche Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines & China Southern Airlines along with brands like International Airlines (British Airways), Air France-KLM, China Eastern Airlines, Ryanair and All Nippon Airways. Here is the list of the top 10 airlines in the world 2016.
10. All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan and is one of the leading global players.
It is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and this airlines started its humble journey in 1952 as a company providing helicopter services, airlines and cargo services. Its two parent companies - Nippon Helicopters and Aeroplane and Far East Airlines - merged in 1958 to create the largest private airline in Japan.
Its international hubs are located in Narita International Airport (near Tokyo) and Kansai International Airport (near Osaka). It has domestic hubs in Tokyo International Airport (in Haneda), Osaka International Airport (in Itami), and two locations. Apart from its mainlines operations it also has several regional airlines – ANA Wings,Air Japan and AirDo a low cost carrier.
This airline was in news for launching Star War themed aircrafts ahead of the launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was designed to look like the iconic R2-D2 robot. The blue and white graphic design scheme was chosen to honor the character and ANA’s official colors.
The company changed its corporate structure to a holding company structure in 2013. This means the authority and responsibilities have been delegated to lower levels and the group will only focus on promoting the different airline brands it holds. Also the business will be changed from an airline carrier to an airline group that is focused on Air transportation business.
It operates a fleet size of 214 aircrafts with an average age of about 9.6 years. However its flight destinations are only 73 due to its focus on domestic markets. It became a part of the Star Alliance in 1999. In 2015 it carried out 6.7 million passengers internationally and 32 million passengers domestically .