Top 10 Airlines in the World 2016

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5. China Southern Airlines

Headquartered in Baiyun district in China, this airline is among the “Big Three” airlines in China (Air China and China Eastern Airlines being the other two airlines).

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It has the largest fleet size among Asian Airlines, and it carried more than 100 million domestic and international passengers through its large fleet of 515 aircrafts across 190 destination in 2014. It joined the SkyTeam airline alliance in 2004, becoming the first Chinese airline to join any global airline alliance.


It follows 5 year plans for its growth. Its 13th Five-year goal consists of having a fleet of 1000 aircrafts, carrying 160 million passengers and two million tonnes of cargo and mail along with 180 billion RMB operating revenue. It earns three quarters of its revenue from domestic flights and one fourth from international operations. Passenger transport forms the bulk of its revenue at 93.6% of its total revenue.

Bulk of its aircraft fleet consists of Boeing 737-800 aircrafts (94 in number), followed by Airbus A320-200 (40 in number), and A319-100 (29 in number). It is set to take delivery of 61 Boeing 737-800 aircrafts and 25 Boeing 737-8max aircraft between 2017 and 2018. This will allow it to modernize its fleet and increase the fuel efficiency thereby enabling it to provide more number of seats at lower cost to its customers.

Sales: $ 17.7 bn

Profit: $ 0.62bn

Assets: $ 28.7 bn

Fleet Size: 515

Destinations: 190

Passengers carried: 110 million

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