The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Airlines global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
American Airlines $x.xlock
Delta Air Lines $x.xlock
Deutsche Lufthansa $x.xlock
United Continental Holdings $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Despite rising levels of airborne passenger and cargo traffic, revenue for the Global Airlines industry has declined slightly over the past five years as volatile fuel prices and growing competition have placed downward pressure on airline ticket prices and freight shipping rates, constraining industry revenue growth. At the same time, recent growth in global per capita income has fueled demand for airline passenger transportation, with the number of global tourist arrivals increasing. Moving forward, industry revenue is projected to recover as continued increases in global per capita income and travel activity are bolstered by economic growth in Asia and other emerging markets...

Industry Investment

The Global Airlines industry is characterized by a moderate level of capital intensity, and industry operators are expected to spend $0.24 on capital investments for every dollar spent on wages in 2017. Acquiring and maintaining aircraft requires substantial investment. Moreover, many large-scale players operate hundreds of planes, in addition to massive airport hubs where cargo and passengers are loaded and unloaded from aircraft, all of which contributes to the industry's capital costs. However, in recent years, the industry has moved toward a business model of renting or leasing equipment (such as planes) and buildings.

Labor is also an important component for the industry. Wor..

Additional Insights for the Global Airlines Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Airlines Industry are

  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Global tourist arrivals and Global per capita income in the Global Airlines industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Airlines Industry?

    The Global Airlines industry includes airlines that transport passengers over scheduled or nonscheduled routes, both domestically and internationally. Cargo that is transported within passenger aircraft is also included in this industry, though dedicated cargo airlines are excluded from this industry definition.

    Industry Products
    Cargo transportation
    Domestic passenger transportation
    International passenger transportation
    Industry Activities
    Scheduled air transportation of revenue passengers
    Non-scheduled air transportation of revenue passengers

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Global tourist arrivals
  • Global per capita income
  • World GDP
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Mixed revenue conditions
  • Airline profit
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Improving revenue conditions
  • Profit and participation
  • Table: Global Airlines Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Airlines Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Business Activities
  • Global Tourism

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Airport Operation
  • Global Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Global Travel Agency Services

  • Products & Services
  • Domestic passenger transportation
  • International passenger transportation
  • Other
  • Cargo transportation
  • Chart: Global Airlines Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Passengers
  • Cargo

  • Major Markets
  • Economy class travelers
  • Business and first class travelers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Airlines Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Airlines

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Airlines Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    American Airlines Group Inc.Delta Air Lines, Inc.Deutsche Lufthansa AGUnited Continental Holdings Inc.
  • Table: American Airlines Group Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Delta Air Lines, Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Deutsche Lufthansa AG - financial performance
  • Table: United Continental Holdings Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Airlines Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Airlines Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World price of crude oil (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Code-Sharing Agreement
  • An agreement between two airlines to share the same flight; a seat can be purchased on one airline, but is actually operated by a cooperating airline under a different flight number or code.
  • Iata
  • International Air Transport Association.
  • Open-Skies Agreement
  • An international agreement under which two or more countries allow unrestricted overflight and landing rights to one another.
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