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New Order: New Holy Grail - Industry Consolidation

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.

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Updated June 25, 2015

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