Figure 9
U.S. Air Carriers' Share of Worldwide International Tons and Revenue Ton-Kilometers: 1995-2008

Figure 9
U.S. Air Carriers' Share of Worldwide International Tons and Revenue Ton-Kilometers: 1995-2008

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Year Tons (percent) Revenue ton-kilometers (percent)
1995 19.5 21.4
1996 20.7 22.0
1997 20.5 22.1
1998 20.3 22.4
1999 18.4 21.8
2000 19.0 21.1
2001 19.7 20.9
2002 20.0 22.8
2003 19.5 25.2
2004 20.3 26.2
2005 19.8 27.9
2006 19.5 27.2
2007 19.0 26.3
2008 17.9 24.9

NOTE: The U.S. data were converted from short ton-miles to ton-kilometers. To convert short ton-miles to metric ton-kilometers, first multiply by 1.61 (for kilometers) and then divide by 1.1 (for metric tons).

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), based on data from various sources. World-International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), special tabulations, Sept. 28, 2009. United States- USDOT, RITA, BTS, Office of Airline Information, TranStats. Tonnage- BTS Transtats, T100-Segment data (U.S. carriers only). Ton-kilometers- BTS, Transtats, T2-U.S. Air Carrier Traffic and Capacity Statistics, available at www.bts.gov as of Dec. 2, 2009.

  • In 2008, U.S. air carriers carried about 4.4 million tons of international air cargo, accounting for 18 percent of the 25 million tons transported globally in international service. U.S. air carriers' international cargo traffic generated 33 billion revenue ton-kilometers, accounting for 25 percent of about 131 billion revenue ton-kilometers of global international air cargo traffic.

  • Since 2005, the U.S. share of world air cargo tonnage and ton-kilometers has declined as the annual growth rates of Asia's air cargo markets increased.