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Where Do Major US Airlines Fly?

Monday 05.09.2011 , Posted by
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Ever since seeing the Facebook friendship map, Nathan Yau at Flowingdata has been itching for an excuse to play with great circles again. Yau was inspired by Aaron Koblin’s classic Flight Patterns map, but instead of looking at all flights (above); he wanted to break the map down by each individual airline and see where each one flew.

Yau created his maps based off non-stop domestic flights by major air carriers during February 2011. Yau counted the arriving and departing flights between airports, and totaled them by airline. He used brighter lines to represent more arriving and departing flights, and blue lines to represent flights with the heaviest traffic; this makes it easy to spot each airline’s hub(s) and the places they fly to the most. Check out the maps below.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest flies all over the country, with a heavy concentration in the southwest.

Delta

Delta flies everywhere as well, but also includes flights to Alaska and Hawaii, with their largest hub in Atlanta at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

United

United has hubs in the midwest (Chicago’s O’Hare) and the west coast (San Francisco). They also have flights to all major Hawaiian islands.

American Airlines

American has hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and New York’s JFK.

Continental

Continental is very similar to American, except their headquarters are in Houston, Texas.

Jet Blue

Pretty obvious where JetBlue goes, and they’re Yau’s favorite.

Mesa

American Eagle

Skywest

US Airways

Expressjet Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Frontier Airlines

AirTran Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

via: Flowingdata

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  1. Looks like top-5 largest airlines with flight path is Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and SkyWest Airlines. Or maybe I was wrong.

  2. I know this is going to astonish you.
    There ARE other countries in this world that have air traffic besides the USA.

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