Bloomberg reports that Delta has passed United to become the number two airline in the US by traffic behind only American. In 2015, Delta had 209.6 billion revenue passenger miles (# of passengers x distance flown), United had 208.6 billion. American has not yet released their 2015 totals, but they were at 204.7 billion through November and are sure to maintain their lead. One analyst thinks the change may be due to United’s post-merger struggles:
Some of Delta’s gain may be chalked up to challenges United in its merger with Continental Airlines, said Adam Hackel, an associate analyst at Sterne Agee CRT. The reality is, Delta offers better service and a better product than United,” Hackel said. “My first thought was people probably prefer to fly Delta now.”
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