Table 14
Leading World Air Carriers by Weight of International Cargo Handled: 2008

Table 14
Leading World Air Carriers by Weight of International Cargo Handled: 2008

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Rank Airline Thousands of tons
1 FedEx 1,891
2 UPS 1,603
3 Korean Air 1,438
4 Emirates 1,382
5 Cathay Pacific Airways 1,339
6 Singapore Airlines 1,274
7 United Airlines 1,257
8 Lufthansa 1,157
9 China Airlines 1,086
10 Cargolux 794
11 Air France 786
12 European Air Transport (EAT) 733
13 British Airways 708
14 EVA Air 681
15 Japan Airlines 679
16 Asiana Airlines 672
17 KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines 604
18 Thai Airways 536
19 LAN 503
20 Malaysia Airlines 468
21 Air China 429
22 China Eastern Airlines 421
23 Qatar Airways 402
24 Northwest Airlines 345
25 American Airlines 336

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from International Air Transport Association, World Air Transport Statistics, 53rd Edition, www.iata.org as of Oct. 16, 2009.

  • The top world air carriers, FedEx and UPS, also own and operate a fleet of trucks and use rail service to provide multimodal shipping services to shippers.
  • United, Northwest, and American, ranked here among the top 25 global carriers for international cargo, are best known for passenger service.