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5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 20 biggest airlines in the world, ranked

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 Mar 07, 2019, 06:15 AM

1. The Public Investment Corporation gave its staff bonuses and salary hikes for helping to cover up corruption, according to its former chief technology officer’s testimony at the inquiry into the PIC. Vuyokazi Menye also testified that the PIC’s former CEO Dan Matjila was so determined to find the source of anonymous emails claiming he was corrupt that external security experts were brought in to probe the company’s IT system - without the PIC's own IT team being aware of the move.

2. South Africa is getting another new bank: Sasfin and the money transfer service Hello Paisa are joining forces to launch a bank this year. The new bank will use Sasfin’s licence and infrastructure and Hello Paisa’s distribution network and technology, Reuters reported.

3. The ANC is losing support ahead of the general election, according to a new opinion poll by the Institute of Race Relations released on Wednesday. The poll found that support for the ANC dropped to 54.7%, with support for the DA and EFF increasing to 21.8% and 12.2% respectively.

4. SA’s electricity system remains "tight and vulnerable" after new outages, Eskom has warned. The risk of load-shedding remains high.

5. The German firm Aton may be getting closer to buy Murray & Roberts (M&R) after getting merger approvals in Zambia and Namibia, Business Day reported.  Aton still has until the end of March to get approvals in SA and Canada. Murray & Roberts execs do not support the bid – which they say undervalues the company.

The 20 biggest airlines in the world, ranked

Reported by Benjamin Zhang

Over the past century, the airline industry has changed the way humans travel. It has effectively made the world a smaller place - making it possible for billions of people everywhere to explore the world.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), consumers spent an estimated R12 trillion or roughly 1% of the global GDP on air travel.

The trade group, whose membership is made up of 290 airlines, expects the total number of airline passengers around the world to reach 8.2 billion people by 2037- that's double today's passenger count.

As a result of the industry's growth, many of the world's airlines have become household names. Through recent mergers, American, Delta, United, and Southwest have grown to become colossal mega-carriers.

This got us at Business Insider thinking about how they stack up against the world's largest airlines.

Fortunately, good folks at OAG were able to provide us the data sets that answered our question.

The London-based aviation data and intelligence firm ranked the world's airlines based on the total number of seats each carrier made available to customers during 2018. OAG also included the total number of aircraft in each airline fleet.

Some airlines on the list are able to offer substantially more seats while operating fewer aircraft.

According to OAG senior analyst John Grant, the reason for this variation is due to the differences in the planes that comprise a carrier's fleet and the seat configurations of each aircraft. As a result, airlines that operate larger aircraft and aircraft with higher seat density will be able to make more seats available to customers.

Here's a closer look at the 20 biggest airlines in the world:

20. Alaska Airlines

Capacity: 54,574,295 seats.

Fleet size: 233 aircraft.

19. Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Capacity: 56,260,035 seats.

Fleet size: 253 aircraft.

18. Air France


Capacity: 58,888,616 seats.

Fleet size: 206 aircraft.

17. British Airways

British Airways

Capacity: 63,253,213 seats.

Fleet size: 267 aircraft.

16. Air Canada

Capacity: 64,529,302 seats.

Fleet size: 180 aircraft.

15. LATAM Airlines Group

Capacity: 68,393,747 seats.

Fleet size: 309 aircraft.

14. All Nippon Airways (ANA)


Capacity: 72,674,568 seats.

Fleet size: 294 aircraft.

13. IndiGo

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Capacity: 74,570,054 seats.

Fleet size: 206 aircraft.

12. Emirates


Capacity: 78,255,966 seats.

Fleet size: 271 aircraft.

11. Lufthansa


Capacity: 90,465,791 seats.

Fleet size: 338 aircraft.

10. Air China

Capacity: 90,531,776 seats.

Fleet size: 418 aircraft.

9. Turkish Airlines

Capacity: 93,109,025 seats.

Fleet size: 350 aircraft.

8. EasyJet


Capacity: 100,082,969 seats.

Fleet size: 317 aircraft.

7. China Eastern Airlines

Capacity: 122,917,175 seats.

Fleet size: 525 aircraft.

6. China Southern Airlines

Capacity: 131,972,745 seats.

Fleet size: 597 aircraft.

5. Ryanair

Capacity: 142,540,776 seats.

Fleet size: 439 aircraft.

4. United Airlines

Capacity: 193,981,547 seats.

Fleet size: 765 aircraft.

3. Southwest Airlines

Capacity: 209,526,838 seats.

Fleet size: 749 aircraft.

2. Delta Air Lines

Capacity: 233,758,798 seats.

Fleet size: 879 aircraft.

1. American Airlines

American Airlines

Capacity: 256,928,663 seats.

Fleet size: 956 aircraft.

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