30 December 2023

Shot of a (flyer’s) lifetime

You have to be a bit of an airline geek to get this.

Took this shot a few moments back sitting in a flight at La Guardia airport while taxiing to the runway.

Do you see anything unique about the picture?

As I saw the airplanes rolling one by one to the head of the runway, suddenly something in the sequence caught my eye.

There are 5 airplanes in the sequence. Each from a different airline. And those are the top 5 airlines in the USA (by capacity)!!!

How unique is that?

For the data-oriented, measured in ASMs, here is the ranking from May this year.
#1. United Airlines (65.7 billion)
#2. American Airlines (65 billion)
#3. Delta Air Lines (61.3 billion)
#4. Southwest Airlines (38 billion)
#5. JetBlue (16.7 billion)

Note that the ranking order will get interchanged if you go by other metrics like passenger footfalls, miles flown etc etc.

Posted December 30, 2023 by Rajib Roy in category "Travelogs

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