Founded in 1980, Spirit Airlines is a low-cost airline offering more than 250 daily flights to over 50 destinations within the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Having no fear of going against the grain, Spirit is committed to providing consumers low fares with no hidden fees. Home of the “Bare Fare,” a ticket with this airline is exactly that: a ticket. It covers gas to get you from one place to another. There is no “free” checked bag and no “free” in-flight snacks. Spirit saves even more money by flying fuel-efficient Airbus planes. Plus, they add extra seats to their planes so the cost of flying is split between more people. Fewer “free” amenities, fuel-efficient planes, and more seats to fill result in lower prices for you.
US Airways is considered a major airline and belongs to the American Airlines Group. According to their fact sheet, they have nearly 193 destinations, over 300 destinations when all the American Airlines Group's destinations are included together.
They have over 343 mainline jet aircraft and 278 regional jets and turbo-prop aircraft for shuttling customers between major airports. In February 2013, American Airlines and US Airways began their merger plans. This merger created the largest airline in the world. The companies offer reciprocal frequent flyer miles. The management is based out of Arizona, but the merged company will be totally anchored in Fort Worth, Texas once the merger is finalized.
As of October 2015, US Airways has merged with American Airlines.
Cathay Pacific Airways is an airline company that is designed to best-fit business customers needs. Although they are not specific to this group of clientele, they do base many of their amenities from the needs of the average business traveler. Cathay Pacific Airlines has been an airline that (like many of its competitors) has been in business for a long amount of time.
British Airways is a full service global airline and the largest international carrier in the United Kingdom. In fact, the home base at London Hearthrow, is the world’s busiest international airport. They fly to more than 170 destinations in 70 countries carrying over 40 million customers each year; they have approximately 40,000 employees—15,000 cabin crew, 3,600 pilots and 5,500 engineers—and nearly 300 aircraft in their fleet, which is made up of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer planes. British Airlines celebrated their 90th anniversary on August 25, 2009. This large, historically significant company can trace its origins back to the very beginning of civil aviation in 1919.
Emirates, the international airline of Dubai, is an extremely successful, fast growing airline. It was established in 1985 after a group of 10 men created a business plan for a new airline. The company first leased two aircraft, a Boeing 737 and an Airbus 300 B4, with a goal to prove quality before quantity. After only three years of operation, Emirates flew to 12 destinations. By the company’s sixth anniversary they had accumulated 23 destinations and were flying 25,000 passengers each week. In 2005, after 20 years in business, the Emirates Group workforce totaled 25,000 people from 124 countries around the world, which was Dubai’s biggest employer. They hired an additional 10,000 employees, cabin crewmembers, to their workforce in 2008. Today the company operates a fleet of over 230 aircraft, a combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, making Emirates the largest operator of both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777; in the financial year of 2013-2014, Emirates had carried 44.5 million passengers and 2.25 million tons of cargo.
Lufthansa is an airline based in Germany that offers their customers flights across the globe. With their low-ticket prices and numerous airline groups providing many aircrafts for more flight options, Lufthansa does all they can to give passengers the best flying experience possible.
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) was the predecessor of Air Canada and inaugurated its first flight in September 1937. In 1964, TCA had become Canada’s national airline and changed its name to Air Canada. Today Air Canada is among the 20 largest airlines in the world. They have a combination of Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft and 27,000 employees. A founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network, they fly to over 190 destinations across five continents. Between Air Canada and their partner airline, Air Canada Express, they served over 38 million passengers in 2014 alone.
Air France had slightly higher ticket prices and a strict boarding process. They have similar baggage policies and in-flight services that many of the main airlines have and fly to a large number of destinations that are generally on time. Air France has been in operation for 82 years and strives to give their passengers the best travel experience.
Qatar Airways is a worldwide airline that provides their customers with a five star traveling experience. The airline has won many awards for the service they provide to their customers and they pride themselves on making travel a luxurious experience for all who use their airline.