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Aegean Airlines
Greece
Athens
49
Commenced 28 May 1999 to Present: Founded in 1987 as Aegean Aviation. Currently the largest airline of Greece. Maintains domestic and international routes to 48 countries. Nearly 2,500 employees.
Aeroflot
Russia
Moscow
252
15 July 1923 to Present: Founded 9 February 1923 as one of the world's oldest airlines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 52 countries. Over 30,320 employees.
Aerolineas Argentinas
Argentina
* Buenos Aires
56
14 May 1949 to Present: Largest airline of Argentina. Maintains domestic and international routes to 29 countries. Over 10,650 employees.
AeroMexico
México
* Mexico City
71
14 September 1934 to Present: Largest airline of México. Maintains domestic and international routes to 25 countries. Over 13,740 employees.
Air America
Air America

United States
Saigon,
South Vietnam
80+
Commenced 1950 to 1976: Founded as a CIA front company. Used for black operations and running narcotics from Burma and Laos during the Vietnam War. Headquarters was at *Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. Contract and covert employees.
airBaltic
Latvia
Riga
39
Commenced 28 August 1995 to Present: Largest airline of Latvia. Maintains domestic and international routes to 35 countries. Nearly 1,400 employees.
Air Canada
Canada
Montréal
186
1 January 1965 to Present: Founded 10 April 1937 as Trans-Canada Air Lines. Currently the largest airline of Canada. Maintains domestic and international routes to 47 countries. Over 42,000 employees.
Air China
China
* Beijing
412
1 July 1988 to Present: One of the world's largest airlines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 52 countries. Over 50,000 employees.
Air Europa
Spain
Madrid
46
2004 to Present: Founded as a low-cost air carrier; third largest airline of Spain. Maintains domestic and international routes to 40 countries. Nearly 3,000 empolyees.
Air France
France
* Paris
212
7 October 1933 to Present: Largest airline of France. Maintains domestic and international routes to 78 countries. Over 84,600 employees.
Air India
Air India

India
* New Delhi
118
Commenced 29 July 1946 to Present: Founded 15 October 1932 as Tata Airlines. Currently the largest airline of India. Maintains domestic and international routes to 28 countries. Nearly 21,000 employees.
Air New Zealand
New Zealand
Auckland
64
Commenced 1 April 1965 to Present: Founded 26 April 1940 as TEAL. Currently the largest airline of New Zealand. Maintains domestic and international routes to 19 countries. Over 10,520 employees.
Air Siam
Air Siam

Thailand
* Don Muang
11
Commenced in 1970 to 1976: Founded 15 September 1965 as Varan Air-Siam by Prince Varanand. Maintained domestic and had international routes to 3 countries. Ceased operations in 1976.
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines

United States
* SeaTac,
Washington
327
Commenced 6 June 1944 to Present: Founded in 1932 as McGee Airways in Anchorage, Alaska. Fifth largest USA airline and maintains domestic and some international routes to 3 countries. Over 21,000 employees.
Alitalia
Italy
Rome
98
Commenced 1 January 2015 to Present: Founded 16 September 1946 but was bankrupt 12 January 2009. Largest airline of Italy. Maintains domestic and international routes to 66 countries. Over 12,000 employees.
Allegiant Air
United States
* Las Vegas,
Nevada
83
Commenced June 1998 to Present: Founded in January 1997 as WestJet Express. Ninth largest USA airline and maintains domestic and charter flights to Canada and Mexico. Over 4,000 employees.
Aloha Airlines
Aloha Airlines

United States
* Honolulu,
Hawaii
22
26 July 1946 to 2008: Maintained domestic routes and many overseas destinations. Ceased operations on 31 March 2008. About 3,500 employees.
American Airlines
United States
* Fort Worth,
Texas
951
Commenced 1936 to Present: Founded on 15 April 1926 in *Chicago as American Airways, Inc. Currently the world's largest airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 55 countries. Over 122,300 employees.
ANA (All Nippon Airlines)
All Nippon Airlines

Japan
* Tokyo-Haneda
232
27 December 1952 to Present: Largest airline of Japan; formal name is All Nippon Airlines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 27 countries. Over 34,900 employees.
Asiana Airlines
South Korea
* Incheon
83
Commenced 23 December 1988 to Present: Founded 17 February 1988 as Seoul Airlines. Currently the second largest airline of South Korea. Maintains domestic and international routes to 27 countries. Over 10,380 employees.
Austrian Airlines
Austria
Vienna
83
30 September 1957 to Present: Largest airline of Austria. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 55 countries. Over 6,900 employees.
Avianca
Colombia
Bogotá
173
5 December 1919 to Present: Largest airline of Colombia; originally called SCADTA. Avianca is a conglomerate that represents 11 countries in Central and South America. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 27 countries.
Azerbaijan Airlines
Azerbaijan
Baku
20
7 April 1992 to Present: Largest airline of Azerbaijan. Maintains domestic and international routes to 19 countries. Nearly 800 employees.
Azul Brazilian Airlines
Azul Airlines

Brazil
São Paulo
127
2008 to Present: Low-cost domestic airline of Brazil. Maintains domestic and international routes to 5 countries.
Bangkok Airways
Thailand
* Bangkok
36
1968 to Present: Founded as Sahakol Air under contract with United States Operations Mission and other oil companies. Maintains domestic and international routes to 10 countries. About 2,450 employees.
British Airways
United Kingdom
* London
279
31 March 1974 to Present: Largest airline of the United Kingdom. Maintains domestic and international routes to 78 countries. About 38,350 employees.
Brussels Airlines
Belgium
Brussels
58
Commenced 25 March 2007 to Present: Founded 7 November 2006 as a merger of SN Brussels and Virgin Express after bankruptcy of Sabena. Currently the largest airline of Belgium. Maintains domestic and international routes to 51 countries. Over 3,400 employees.
Cargolux
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
28
4 March 1970 to Present: Cargo airline of Luxembourg. Maintains international routes to 90 destinations.
Cathay Pacific
Hong Kong
* Hong Kong
150
24 September 1946 to Present: Largest airline of Hong Kong. Maintains domestic and international routes to 46 countries. Over 22,700 employees.
China Airlines
Taiwan
* Taipei
88
7 September 1959 to Present: Largest airline of Taiwan. Maintains domestic and international routes to 32 countries. Over 12,560 employees.
China Eastern Airline
China
Shanghai
524
1 July 1988 to Present: World's seventh largest airline and second largest of China. Maintains domestic and international routes to 40 countries. Over 80,000 employees.
China Southern Airline
China
Guangzhou
604
1 July 1988 to Present: The world's sixth largest airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 35 countries. Over 100,000 employees.
Continental Airlines

United States
* Houston,
Texas
348
Commenced 1937 to 3 March 2012: Founded in 1934 as Varney Speed Lines at *El Paso, Texas. Maintained domestic and international routes to 39 countries. Fully merged with United Airlines on 3 March 2012.
Copa Airlines
Panamá
* Panamá City
93
Commenced 15 August 1947 to Present: Founded 21 June 1944 with help from Pan American Airlines. Currently the largest airline of Panamá. Maintains domestic and international routes to 32 countries.
Delta Airlines
United States
* Atlanta,
Georgia
876
Commenced 1929 to Present: Founded on 30 May 1924 in Macon, Georgia, as Huff Daland Dusters. Currently the world's second largest airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 54 countries. Over 86,560 employees.
EasyJet Airline
United Kingdom
London
317
March 1995 to Present: Large low-cost airline of the United Kingdom. Maintains domestic and international routes to 30 countries. Over 12,280 employees.
Egypt Air
Egypt
Cairo
54
7 June 1933 to Present: Originally called Misr Airlines. Largest airline of Egypt. Maintains domestic and international routes to 66 countries. Over 9,000 employees.
El Al Israel Airlines
Israel
Tel Aviv
46
15 November 1948 to Present: Largest airline of Israel. Each aircraft is equipped with missiles for protection against attack. Maintains domestic and international routes to 31 countries. Over 36,500 employees.
Emirates Group
UAE
Dubai
273
25 March 1985 to Present: Largest airline of the Middle East. Maintains domestic and international routes to 81 countries. Over 64,760 employees.
Etihad Airways
UAE
Abu Dhabi
113
25 March 1985 to Present: Second largest airline of the United Arba Emirates. Maintains domestic and international routes to 79 countries. Over 20,000 employees.
FedEx Express
United States
* Memphis,
Tennessee
674
Commenced 17 April 1973 to Present: Founded on 18 June 1971 as Federal Express. Currently the world's largest cargo airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to nearly every country. Over 425,000 employees.
Fiji Airways
Fiji
Nadi
12
Commenced 1951 to Present: Founded in 1947 as Air Pacific. Largest airline of Fiji. Maintains domestic and international routes to 13 countries. Over 1,300 employees.
Finnair
Finland
Helsinki
82
1 November 1923 to Present: Largest airline of Finland; ranked as one of the world's safest airlines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 40 countries. Over 5,900 employees.
Frontier Airlines
United States
* Denver,
Colorado
84
8 February 1994 to Present: Founded as an ultra low-cost airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 4 countries. Over 3,000 employees.
Garuda Indonesia
Indonesia
Tangerang
143
Commenced 26 January 1949 to Present: Founded 1 August 1947 as KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf. Currently the largest airline of Indonesia. Maintains domestic and international routes to 14 countries. Over 20,000 employees.
Gol Tansportes Aereos
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
121
2000 to Present: Largest domestic airline of Brazil. Maintains domestic and international routes to 15 countries.
Hawaiian Airlines

United States
* Honolulu,
Hawaii
66
6 October 1929 to Present: Originally called Inter-Island Airways; largest airline of Hawaii. Maintains domestic and international routes to 13 countries. About 6,600 employees.
Iberia
Spain
Madrid
85
28 June 1927 to Present: Largest airline of Spain. Maintains domestic and international routes to 39 countries. Over 18,000 empolyees.
Icelandair
Iceland
Keflavik
35
1937 to Present: Largest and oldest airline of Iceland. Maintains domestic and international routes to 16 countries.
JAL (Japan Air Lines)
Japan Airlines

Japan
* Tokyo-Narita
185
1 August 1951 to Present: Currently the world's sixth largest airline and the second largest of Japan; formal name is Japan Air Lines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 35 countries. Over 47,000 employees.
JetBlue Airways
United States
* New York City,
New York
253
11 February 2000 to Present: Founded in August 1999 as low-cost NewAir. Maintains domestic and international routes to 24 countries. Over 21,000 employees.
Royal Jordanian
Jordan
Amman
24
9 December 1963 to Present: Originally called Alia Airlines. Largest airline of Jordan. Maintains domestic and international routes to 29 countries. Nearly 4,400 employees.
Kenya Airways
Kenya
Nairobi
40
22 January 1977 to Present: Largest airline of Kenya. Maintains domestic and international routes to 41 countries. Nearly 4,000 empolyees.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Netherlands
Amsterdam
120
7 October 1919 to Present: Royal Dutch Airways is the world's oldest airline and the largest of the Netherlands. Maintains domestic and international routes to 70 countries. Nearly 35,500 employees.
Korean Air
South Korea
* Incheon
176
1962 to Present: Currently the largest airline of South Korea. Maintains domestic and international routes to 44 countries. Over 20,540 employees.
LATAM Chile
LATAM Chile

Chile
* Santiago
123
Commenced 5 May 2016 to Present: Founded 5 March 1929 as Aeropostal Santiago-Arica. Largest airline of Chile. Maintains domestic and international routes to 21 countries.
Lufthansa
Germany
Frankfurt
285
Commenced in 1955 to Present: Founded 6 January 1953 but its forerunner was the 1926 Deutche Luft Hansa A.G. in Berlin. Maintains domestic and international routes to 81 countries. Over 129,420 employees.
Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia
* Kuala Lumpur
80
Commenced 1 October 1972 to Present: Founded 1 May 1947 as Malayan Airways. Ranked as one of the world's best airlines and the largest of Malaysia. Maintains domestic and international routes to 40 countries. Over 14,000 employees.
Myanmar Airways
Myanmar Airways

Myanmar
Yangon
3
Commenced 1993 to Present: Originally called Union of Burma Airways. Small airline of Myanmar. Maintains domestic and international routes to 5 countries.
Nok Air
Nok Air

Thailand
* Don Muang
27
10 February 2004 to Present: Maintains the most domestic routes, particularly to *Chiang Mai, and has charter flights to China. Over 1,400 employees.
Northwest Airlines

Northwest

United States
* Minneapolis,
Minnesota
320
Commenced 1934 to 31 January 2010: Founded in 1926 at Eagan, Minnesota. Previously was the world's sixth largest airline. Maintained domestic and international routes, including an extensive cargo fleet. Merged with Delta Airlines on 9 December 2013.
Pan American Airlines
Pan American

United States
* New York City,
New York
226
19 October 1927 to 1991: Formerly the world's largest airline. Founded on 14 March 1927 as Pan American Airways. Maintained domestic and international routes to 86 countries. Ceased operations on 4 December 1991.
Philippines Airlines
Philippines
Manila
69
15 March 1941 to Present: Founded 14 November 1935 as Philippine Aerial Taxi Company; oldest airline in Asia and largest of the Philippines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 33 countries. Over 8,000 employees.
Pakistan International Airlines
Pakistan Airlines

Pakistan
* Karachi
33
29 October 1946 to Present: Originally called Orient Airways, based in Calcutta. Largest airline of Pakistan. Maintains domestic and international routes to 20 countries. Over 14,000 empolyees.
Qantas Airways
Australia
Sydney
132
16 November 1920 to Present: The world's third oldest airline and the largest of Australia. Maintains domestic and international routes to 14 countries. Over 26,150 employees.
Qatar Airways
Qatar
Doha
220
22 November 1993 to Present: Largest airline of Qatar. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 80 countries. Over 43,000 employees.
Royal Brunei
Brunei
Brunei
14
18 November 1974 to Present: Largest airline of Brunei. Maintains domestic and international routes to 19 countries. Nearly 4,400 employees.
Ryanair
Ireland
Dublin
443
28 November 1984 to Present: Largest airline of Europe and Ireland. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 35 countries. Over 13,000 employees.
S7 Airlines
Russia
Novosibirsk
95
Commenced May 1992 to Present: Founded May 1957 as Tolmachevsky Squadron. Largest domestic airline of Russia; actual name is PJSC Siberia Airlines. Maintains international routes to 30 countries. Over 3,000 employees.
Sabena
Belgium
Brussels
87
23 May 1923 to 7 November 2001: Merged with SN Brussels Airline and Virgin Express in 2007. Formerly the largest airline of Belgium. Maintained domestic and international routes to 46 countries.
Scandinavian Airlines
Scandinavian

Denmark
Copenhagen
169
1 August 1946 to Present: Airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 35 countries. Over 10,700 employees.
Saudia
Saudi Arabia
Jeddah
184
September 1945 to Present: Largest airline of Saudi Arabia. Maintains domestic and international routes to 57 countries. Over 29,000 empolyees.
Singapore Airlines
Singapore
* Singapore
119
Commenced 1 October 1972 to Present: Founded 1 May 1947 as Malayan Airways. Ranked as the world's best airline and the largest of Singapore. Maintains domestic and international routes to 32 countries. About 14,730 employees.
South African Airways
South Africa
Johannesburg
64
1 February 1934 to Present: Largest airline of South Africa. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 26 countries. Over 10,000 employees.
Southwest Airlines
United States
* Dallas,
Texas
750
Commenced 18 June 1971 to Present: Founded on 15 March 1967 as Air Southwest. Currently the world's largest low-cost airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 10 countries. Over 57,640 employees.
Spirit Airlines
United States
* Detroit,
Michigan
128
1983 to Present: Founded as an ultra low-cost airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 17 countries. Nearly 8,000 employees.
SriLankan Airlines
Sri Lanka
Colombo
27
Commenced 1998 to Present: Founded 10 December 1947 as Air Ceylon. Currently the largest airline of Sri Lanka. Maintains domestic and international routes to 48 countries.
Sun Country Airlines
United States
* Minneapolis,
Minnesota
29
Commenced January 1983 to Present: Founded as a low-cost airline at Eagan, Minnesota. Maintains domestic and international routes to 10 countries. Nearly 1,800 employees.
Swiss International Air Lines
Switzerland
* Zürich
89
31 March 2002 to Present: Founded after the bankruptcy of Swissair. Currently the largest airline of Switzerland. Maintains domestic and international routes to 45 countries. Over 9,100 employees.
Swissair
Switzerland
* Zürich
76
Founded 26 March 1931 and ceased after bankruptcy on 31 March 2002. Maintained domestic and international routes to 67 countries. Currently owned by Swiss International Air Lines.
TACA Airlines
El Salvador
* San Salvador
39
Merger 21 May 2013 to Present: Largest airline of El Salvador, now part of Avianca. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 22 countries.
TAP Air Portugal
Portugal
Lisbon
93
14 March 1945 to Present: Largest airline of Portugal. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 34 countries. Over 7,300 employees.
TAROM Romanian Air
Romanian Air

Romania
Bucharest
25
18 September 1954 to Present: Oldest and second largest airline of Romania. Maintains domestic and international routes to 22 countries. Nearly 1,800 employees.
Tame Ecuador Airlines
Ecuador Airlines

Ecuador
Quito
13
1962 to Present: Largest airline of Ecuador. Maintains domestic and international routes to 4 countries.
Thai Airways
Thai Airways

Thailand
* Bangkok
81
29 March 1960 to Present: Largest airline of Thailand. Maintains domestic and international routes to 37 countries. Over 22,370 employees.
Thai Vietjet Air
Thai Vietjet Air

Thailand
* Bangkok
7
25 March 2015 to Present: Founded as a low-cost airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 3 countries, especially to Vietnam.
Tibet Airlines
Tibet Airlines

Tibet
Lhasa
29
March 2010 to Present: Largest airline of Tibet. Maintains domestic and international routes to 3 countries.
Tras World Airlines

Trans World

United States
* Kansas City,
Missouri
190
Commenced 1930 to 2001: Howard Hughes acquired the airline in 1939. Previously was a major airline. Maintained domestic and international routes to 47 countries. Over 20,000 employees. Merged with American Airlines on 1 December 2001.
Tunisair
Tunisia
Tunis
29
1 April 1949 to Present: Largest airline of Tunisia. Maintains domestic and international routes to 34 countries. Over 7,300 employees.
Turkish Airlines
Turkey
Istanbul
330
20 May 1933 to Present: Largest airline of Turkey and flies to more countries than any other airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 122 countries. Over 31,540 employees.
Ukraine International Airlines
Ukraine Airlines

Ukraine
Kiev
42
1 October 1992 to Present: Largest airline of Ukraine; called Ukraine International Airlines. Maintains domestic and international routes to 45 countries.
United Airlines
United States
* Chicago,
Illinois
763
Commenced 28 March 1931 to Present: Founded on 6 April 1926 as Varney Air Lines. Currently the world's third largest airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 73 countries. Over 88,000 employees.
United Parcel Service
United Parcel Service

United States
* Louisville,
Kentucky
248
Commenced 1988 to Present: Founded in 1929 and later as Blue Label Air in 1953. Large cargo carrier that flies to more destinations (779) than any airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to over 220 countries.
VietJet Air
Vietnam
Hanoi
62
November 2007 to Present: Founded as a low-cost international airline. Maintains domestic and international routes to 12 countries.
Vietnam Airlines
Vietnam
Hanoi
87
Commenced April 1989 to Present: Founded 15 January 1956 as Vietnam Civil Aviation. Currently the largest airline of Vietnam. Maintains domestic and international routes to 17 countries. Over 10,900 employees.
Vueling Airlines
Spain
Barcelona
117
2004 to Present: Founded as a low-cost air carrier; largest airline of Spain. Maintains domestic and international routes to 38 countries. Over 3,000 empolyees.

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