Few Big Names Among Airline Top Performers

By George W. Hamlin
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The concept of a more radical restructuring is worth consideration in a world that is both economically interdependent and which relies increasingly on air transportation for the effective functioning of the global economy. This is not a proposal to eliminate old and large carriers just because they possess those characteristics; after all, ANA, which fits both descriptions, is in the TPA's Top 10. What's needed is a more in-depth look at why the Top-Performing Airlines have managed to achieve this status, followed by an effort to see how the appropriate attributes of success can best be applied across the global airline business. The results could prove to be both interesting, and possibly, disconcerting.

Overall TPA Rankings, by total score, 2012
1Allegiant Travel Co.74.8
2Regional Express Holdings 69.3
3AirAsia 68.3
4Copa Holdings67.8
5WestJet Airlines64.4
6Spirit Airlines64.2
7Ryanair Holdings62.1
8EasyJet61.5
9All Nippon Airways61.0
10Alaska Air Group60.4
11Air Arabia58.6
12Cebu Air55.7
13Singapore Airlines55.2
14IcelandAir Group53.9
15Vueling Airlines52.0
16Air New Zealand51.5
17Turk Hava Yollari51.5
18Hainan Airlines51.1
19Air China50.9
20Aer Lingus50.7
21Chorus-Jazz Air49.9
22Deutsche Lufthansa49.2
23Aeroflot Russian Airlines48.3
24Qantas Airways47.1
25Garuda Indonesia46.6
26EVA Airways45.3
27Grupo Aeromexico45.0
28Southwest Airlines44.9
29US Airways Group44.5
30Kenya Airways 44.3
31China Airlines 44.0
32SkyWest 43.4
33Cathay Pacific Airways42.8
34Avianca Holdings42.4
35China Southern Airlines42.4
36Republic Airways42.4
37Shandong Airlines42.2
38Finnair42.2
39Hawaiian Holdings41.6
40Thai Airways 41.1
41JetBlue Airways 41.1
42Norwegian Air Shuttle 41.0
43Transat A.T. 40.9
44Air Canada 40.7
45China Eastern Airlines 40.1
46Virgin Australia 39.9
47Delta Air Lines 39.6
48Comair 39.2
49Flybe Group 38.6
50Aegean Airlines38.5
51Transasia Airways37.5
52United Continental Holdings36.8
53Tiger Airways Holdings36.8
54Air France-KLM35.3
55Latam Airlines Group34.9
56AMR Corp34.9
57Korean Air Lines34.6
58International Airlines Group33.7
59El Al Israel Airlines32.6
60Air Mauritius31.9
61TunisAir31.5
62SAS30.7
63Air Berlin30.4
64Malaysian Airline System29.4
65Asiana Airlines27.4
66Jet Airways (India)25.0
67PAL Holdings22.8
68GOL17.2
69SpiceJet9.1
70Pakistan International Airlines8.2
71Meridiana Fly1.0

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