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Largest United States Airlines

Try to name the largest airlines that are based in the USA.
Based on # passengers in 2023 or latest available year – according to Wikipedia
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: April 13, 2024
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First submittedApril 12, 2013
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Passengers
Airline
211 mil
American
204 mil
Delta
172 mil
Southwest
165 mil
United
44.6 mil
Alaska
Passengers
Airline
44.1 mil
Spirit
42.5 mil
JetBlue
30.2 mil
Frontier
17.1 mil
Allegiant
10.9 mil
Hawaiian
46 Comments
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Level 82
Apr 15, 2013
Isn't there a division of Virgin now based in the US? I remember reading recently that they were recently ranked as the best American airline
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Level 54
May 27, 2013
Kalbahamut, the Virgin division is called Virgin America.
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Level 82
Nov 10, 2013
So.. do they have fewer than 7.0 million passengers? And what about Hooters Air? :D I think they went out of business...
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Level 62
Jul 24, 2019
It’s now part of Alaska
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Level ∞
Oct 3, 2015
Yes, Virgin is now on the list. US Airways is off since it merged with American.
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Level 82
May 5, 2018
looks like they're off again
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Level 57
Jul 10, 2018
@kalbahamut alaska merger
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Level 54
May 14, 2013
I surprised SkyWest wasn't on here
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Level ∞
Oct 3, 2015
It seems they operate flights on behalf of the other airlines (aka as Delta Connection).
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Level 68
Aug 8, 2018
As quizmaster said, they aren't their own airline. Much the same as Delta Connection, Aeromexico Connect, Aircanada Jazz etc.
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Level 78
May 22, 2013
GRRR...JETblue...not SKY blue
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2013
What happened to TWA? Pan Am? Eastern? Continental? Alleghany?
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Level 82
Nov 10, 2013
Probably bankrupt or merged with other airlines. I know that's the case for at least two or three of those.
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Level 81
Jun 3, 2014
TWA = bought out by American in 2001

Pan Am = bankrupt in 1991 (Delta purchased some of the remaining assets). New airline under the Pan Am name came out in 1996, lasting until 1998. A third airline using the name operated from 1998-2004.

Eastern = bankrupt in 1991, new airline under the name is planned for 2014 (we'll see)

Continental = merged with United in 2012 - they kept the United name and the Continental tail scheme

Allegheny = changed its name to USAir in 1979

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Level 65
Sep 6, 2018
TWA went out of business back in the early 2000's. Their hub was located in St. Louis. They closed their hub in St. Louis in 2003.
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Level 49
Jan 8, 2023
Dead
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Level 77
Apr 23, 2024
Eastern went out of business in the 80s. I think PanAm and TWA weren't too far behind.

I remember on a Letterman Top Ten list (Top Ten Reasons Eastern Airlines Declared Bankruptcy):

"Lavish 'keep the whole can of soda' policy" :))

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Level 25
Apr 4, 2014
Quick and easy. I'm surprised so few people guessed Allegiant. That was the third airline I typed in.
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2014
Never heard of them. Maybe they have a stronger regional presence outside of the DC area.
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Level 51
Apr 28, 2015
I've never heard of it, either. I live in Alaska, grew up mostly in Washington state.
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Level 86
Jul 18, 2018
I guessed it, but I was kind of surprised to actually see it come up. Never flown Allegiant, but they do pop up a lot as the cheapest fare because everything is an add-on (a la Spirit, Frontier, etc.)
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Level 68
Aug 8, 2018
I know they fly out of Las Vegas if that's any indication as to their 'region'?
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2018
They are a small airline that has a limited number of destinations (usually smaller market cities that are geographically close to larger cities). They are a no frills airline that charges a low ticket cost, but then nickel and dimes you to death for everything else.
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Level 84
Dec 3, 2019
Wasn't there an article that said 50% of Allegiant flights had some sort of mechanical failure mid flight? Maybe it was on 60 minutes or something.
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Level 82
Dec 9, 2015
I just started using Frontier recently. I paid $50 for membership and the fares are so cheap. Similar to RyanAir. $19 to Florida.
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Level 75
Dec 9, 2015
Darn, I put Air Alaska, and I didn't realize Aloha was out of business. I don't do much flying.
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Level 88
Dec 9, 2015
Is Sun Country still around? I think they are based out of MSP and DFW.
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Level 65
Mar 25, 2018
Sun Country is based out of MSP only, not DTW. You may be thinking of Northwest (which merged with Delta); it was based in Minneapolis/MSP but had a hub in DTW.
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Level 59
Dec 9, 2015
Wow! I guess Continental and Northwest aren't around any longer eh?
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Level 76
Apr 27, 2017
Continental merged with United.
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Level 65
Mar 25, 2018
Northwest merged with Delta in 2009.
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Level 66
Dec 10, 2015
SkyWest carried 27.9 million passengers in 2014. Express Jet should be on here as well.
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Level 65
Mar 25, 2018
SkyWest operates flights on behalf of other airlines, such as Alaska.
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Level 43
Jan 13, 2017
I was surprised Sun Country wasn't on here
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Level 83
Apr 18, 2018
Quite a bit smaller, only about 2M passengers per year.
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Level 85
Jul 11, 2018
If one more of these dies, it will be, and they might need to change the quiz to, "All Major US Airlines"
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Level 85
May 3, 2018
Kick Virgin off the list?

:(

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Level 87
May 5, 2018
Merged with Alaska.
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Level 86
Jul 18, 2018
This seems appropriate to link here: List of defunct airlines of the United States
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Level 41
Sep 6, 2018
Only got first 5, feel dumb because I have flown on Hawaiian!
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Level 66
Mar 17, 2019
Did anyone else get an add for frontier airlines while playing this quiz?
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Level 82
Sep 28, 2019
I didn't. But I'm a premium member.
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Level 36
Oct 18, 2021
9/10. Missed Hawaiian
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Level 53
Apr 22, 2024
I thought for sure Sun Country would be on here just because it is pretty large around me, in St. Paul, but apparently they only serve 2-3 million a year. You learn something new everyday.
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Level 66
Apr 22, 2024
Maybe considder an update?
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Level 36
Apr 22, 2024
Ryanair is the best airline! 🤮