World's largest airline companies

Associated Press

A series of mergers over the last decade has created a group of mega-airlines that reach almost every corner of the globe. Here are the world's largest airline companies based on the number of miles their passengers flew in 2010:

United Continental: 181,939 million

Delta Air Lines: 165,900 million

American Airlines: 125,443 million

Air France, KLM: 125,043 million

Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian: 108,811 million

British Airways, Iberia: 97,384 million

Southwest, AirTran: 97,360 million

Emirates: 89,266 million

China Southern Airlines: 68,689 million

Qantas Airways: 62,082 million

Source: AP calculations on International Air Transport Association data

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