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Top 15 global airlines

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Air France-KLM unveiled a 9.4 percent slump in passenger traffic in March and another bleak month for cargo on Tuesday, as the global crisis continues to

Air France-KLM unveiled a 9.4 percent slump in passenger traffic in March and another bleak month for cargo on Tuesday, as the global crisis continues to
depress business travel and the flow of goods. Data from Europe’s largest airline and its rivals is providing more evidence of the uphill task facing G20 leaders as they seek to kickstart moribund global trade.

PASSENGERS

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Here is a list of top 15 airlines based on Scheduled Passenger-Kilometres Flown for the year 2007:

Rank Airline Millions

1. American Airlines (AMR.N) 222,760

2. United Airlines (UAUA.O) 191,932

3. *Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) 166,209

4. Continental Airlines (CAL.N) 130,965

5. **Air France (AIRF.PA) 128,914

6. Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) 122,091

7. *Northwest Airlines 117,357

8. British Airways (BAY.L) 113,273

9. Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) 90,900

10. Emirates [EMAIR.UL] 90,529

11. Japan Airlines (9205.T) 85,102

12. Qantas (QAN.AX) 82,124

13. China Southern Airlines 80,984

14. Cathay Pacific (0293.HK) 74,987

15. **KLM (AIRF.PA) 74,496

FREIGHT

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Top 15 airlines based on Scheduled Freight Tonne-Kilometers for the year 2007:

RANK Airlines Millions

1. Federal Express (FDX.N) 15,710

2. United Parcel Service (UPS.N) 10,968

3. Korean Air (003490.KS) 9,568

4. Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) 8,348

5. Cathay Pacific (0293.HK) 8,225

6. Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) 7,945

7. China Airlines 6,301

8. *Air France (AIRF.PA) 6,126

9. Emirates 5,497

10. Cargolux 5,482

11. EVA Air (2618.TW) 4,774

12. *KLM (AIRF.PA) 4,745

13. Japan Airlines (9205.T) 4,669

14. British Airways (BAY.L) 4,624

15. Air China Limited (601111.SS) 3,586

* Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines merged in 2008.
Add numbers to reach equivalent group total.

** Air France and KLM merged in 2004 but operate separate
networks: add numbers to reach total operated by the group. Note: A passenger kilometre is a unit to measure traffic by multiplying the number of passengers by the number of kilometres each passenger is flown; a similar meausure is used for cargo.

Source: Reuters/IATA (www.iata.org)