10. All Nippon Airways
Total Active Employees: 33,719
All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan. It operates services to both domestic and international destinations. The All Nippon Airways company was founded on 27 December 1952.
9. Southwest Airlines
Total Active Employees: 46,278
Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest low-cost carrier and a major American airline. Southwest Airlines exclusively uses Boeing 737s, with over 700 in service. Making it the largest operator of the Boeing 737 worldwide.
8. International Airlines Group
Total Active Employees: 59,484
International Airlines Group, is a Spanish-British multinational airline holding company registered in Madrid, Spain, with its operational headquarters in London, England, UK. It was formed in January 2011 by the merger of Iberia of Spain and British Airways of the United Kingdom.
7. China Eastern Airlines
Total Active Employees: 69,849
China Eastern Airline is a major Chinese airline operating international, domestic and regional routes. China Eastern Airlines was established on 25 June 1988 under the Civil Aviation Administration of China and is China’s second-largest carrier by passenger numbers.
6. Delta Airlines
Total Active Employees: 79,655
Delta Airlines along with its subsidiaries operate over 5,400 flights daily over 334 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. The company was founded in 1924 in as a crop dusting operation and is now the oldest operating airline in the United States.
5. China Southern Airlines
Total Active Employees: 82,132
China Southern Airlines is Asia’s largest airline in terms of fleet size, revenue and passengers carried. China Southern Airlines was established on 1 July 1988 and is among the three “big” airlines in China.
4. United Continental Holdings
Total Active Employees: 84,000
United Continental Holdings is a publicly traded airline holding company and it owns and operates United Airlines. It is the successor of UAL Corporation and was founded in May 2010, with the merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines forming the United Continental Holdings.
3. Air France-KLM
Total Active Employees: 94,666
Air France–KLM is a Franco-Dutch airline holding company formed by the merger between Air France and KLM in 2004. The two freight subsidiaries of the group, Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo merged their commercial activities in 2005.
2. American Airlines Group
Total Active Employees: 113,300
The American publicly traded airline holding company, American Airlines Group was formed on December 9, 2013, in the merger of AMR Corporation and US Airways Group. The parent companies of American Airlines and US Airways respectively.
1. Lufthansa Group
Total Active Employees: 118,781
Lufthansa is the largest German airline and when combined with its subsidiaries is the largest airline in Europe. Combined with its subsidiaries, the group has over 615 aircraft, making it one of the largest passenger airline fleets in the world. It is one of the five founding members of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance.