New Order: New Holy Grail - Industry Consolidation
The major airlines have consolidated to 5 from 9 since 2005.
A graph showing consolidation in the airline industry since 2005. Before 2005, nine major airlines existed: US Airways, America West, Delta, Northwest, United, Continental, Southwest, airTran, and American Airlines.
- In 2005, US Airways merged with America West to become US Airways
- In 2008, Delta merged with Northwest to become Delta
- In 2010, United merged with Continental to become United
- After 2010, Southwest merged with airTran to become Southwest
After 2010, the five remaining major airlines were US Airways, Delta, United, Southwest, and American Airlines.