Our Annual Airline Rankings – Who Are The Top Performers?

We’ve just released our 2013 Top Performing Airlines study, which features our annual rankings of airlines based on financial performance. The unique aspects of our project are that it is global, and truly objective. Other organizations judge their airline awards subjectively, but the winners in our rankings are determined solely by processing a vast array of data through common ratios and formulas.

The overall top-ranked carrier is Allegiant Air, which was also first in the small carrier section (by revenue). Ryanair had the highest score in the large carrier section, and Copa was the best of the mid-size airlines. But of course, that is only the tip of the iceberg for the TPA content.

There is a wide range of TPA information presented in various ways online. Readers can get a broad overview of the results on our free site, AviationWeek.com. The story that accompanies the rankings in the magazine can be found here, and on the last page are the basic ranking tables (with the airlines divided into three peer groups by size). Separately, a universal rankings list (combining all the peer groups in one list) is posted on page two of this commentary piece. In addition, we have an online graphic feature that provides detailed score breakdowns for the top 10 carriers in the large section.

Of course, the most comprehensive source is our TPA site on the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN). Subscribers can access it here. This site includes dedicated data pages on all 71 of the airlines in the study. It also has detailed ranking lists that break out airline scores in all of the performance categories, as well as lists that rank carriers according to year-on-year score change and average five-year score. There is truly a vast array of useful information here.

Finally, there is a separate (and more concise) story about the TPA findings in Aviation Daily, which subscribers can find here. Aviation Daily also has tables listing the best performers in each size category.

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