The 10 most profitable airlines in the world


Datinga Airlines topped the list of the most profitable airlines in the world. The company earned $ 5.2 billion in pretax profit in 2018.


Owned by the Dubai government, Emirates Airlines operates more than 3,600 flights per week to more than 150 cities in 80 countries. This is rated as the largest airline in the Middle East. Photo: Emirates.


In addition to being one of the most profitable airlines in the world, Emirates Airlines is also ranked as the fourth largest airline by passenger revenue, ranking 2nd in freight. Emirates generated revenue of US $ 29.8 billion last year with a net profit of US $ 237 million. Photo: Sam Chui.


Air France KLM is one of the world's largest airlines established after the merger of Air France and KLM. The company operates in two major centers, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (headquarters of KLM) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (headquarters of Air France). Photo: RTTNews.


In 2018, this airline group served more than 100 million passengers, confirming its position as the leading aviation group in Europe. The airline also registered a 150% increase in profit in 2018 with $ 463 million. Photo: Airbus.


China Southern is one of China's largest airlines, based in Guangzhou. Formed after the merger of several domestic airlines, China Southern has risen to become one of the largest airlines in the world. In 2018, the company generated $ 21.7 billion in revenue with a net profit of $ 509 million. Photo: SCMP


Based in Dallas, American Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world in terms of fleet size and annual revenue. Along with other airlines, American Airlines operates an extensive network of 6,800 daily flights, including 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. Photo: Skift.


Accordingly, American Airlines serves more than 200 million passengers each year, equivalent to about 500,000 passengers a day. In 2018, American Airlines brought in $ 44.6 billion in revenue with a net profit of $ 1.9 billion. Photo: Yahoo.


Based in Chicago, Illinois, United Airlines is one of the largest and most profitable airlines in the world. Accordingly, United Airlines operates a large network of domestic and international routes, focusing on Asia - Pacific. Photo: United.


As one of the world's most profitable airlines, it generated $ 2.1 billion in revenue in 2018 after setting a new record for the highest number of passengers from before now. Photo: BBC.


Germany's number one airline - Lufthansa also makes the list of the largest airlines in the world. It is also the largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger service. Photo: Fortune.


Based in Cologne (Germany), the airline has more than 700 aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance. The airline made a profit of $ 2.5 billion in 2018, confirming its position as one of the most profitable airlines in the world. Photo: Airline Ratings.


Southwest Airlines is the only low-cost airline on the list of the world's highest profits. Based in Dallas (Texas), the airline has the capacity to serve more than 4,000 flights during the peak tourist season. Photo: Business Insider.


Unlike other major airlines, Southwest Airlines operates mainly in the US, focusing on domestic passengers. The airline maintains operations in more than 100 destinations across the US and 10 other countries. In 2018, Southwest Airlines brought in revenue of 2.5 billion USD, lower than the 3.4 billion USD recorded in 2017. Photo: NY Times.


International Airlines Group (IAG) was born after the merger of British Airways and a large Spanish airline. Registered in Madrid (Spain), the aviation group with headquarters in the United Kingdom. Photo: The Independent.


According to IAG, the airline's profit before tax was US $ 3.5 billion in 2018. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, the airline is ranked 6th in the world. Photo: Business Traveler.


FedEx Corporation is an American courier service. Based in Memphis (Tennessee), this company is known for its freight service as well as a pioneer service to track the status of goods. In 2018, the company generated $ 65.5 billion in revenue and a net income of $ 4.57 billion. Photo: Seekingalpha.


Delta Airlines is the most profitable airline in the world. Based in Atlanta (Georgia, USA). The airline operates more than 5,400 flights a year, serving 325 destinations in 52 countries. Photo: Observe.


As a founding member of the Sky Team Aviation Alliance, Delta Airlines has 9 headquarters, with a large center located in Atlanta. The company also earned $ 5.2 billion in pretax profit in 2018. Photo: Business Insider.