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2016 International Air Travel Soared to 3.7 Billion Passengers, a New Record

2016 International Air Travel Soared to 3.7 Billion Passengers, a New Record

A record 3.7 billion passengers flew on scheduled flights around the world in 2016. This figure was up an impressive 8.8 percent year-over-year, well above the 10-year average of 5.5 percent.

This Simple $0.10 Device Can Help Airlines Save Billions (SLIDESHOW)

This Simple $0.10 Device Can Help Airlines Save Billions (SLIDESHOW)

Lost and mishandled baggage continues to be a huge problem for airlines and passengers alike. Fortunately, new technology promises a simple, inexpensive solution.

Strong Air Passenger Demand Kept Pace in Third Quarter

Strong Air Passenger Demand Kept Pace in Third Quarter

Strong air travel demand and an improving U.S. economy kept domestic airlines buoyant in the third quarter.

Warren Buffett Turns Bullish on Airline Stocks

Warren Buffett Turns Bullish on Airline Stocks

After years of deriding the airline industry, investing “wizard” Warren Buffet confirmed that his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has invested nearly $1.3 billion in the four big-name domestic carriers.

Learn Why Warren Buffett Has Changed His Opinion About The Airline Industry (VIDEO)

Learn Why Warren Buffett Has Changed His Opinion About The Airline Industry (VIDEO)

Thinking about investing in airlines? Discover where the industry has been and where it might be headed as the global middle class surges and companies explore new revenue streams.

Why High Oil Prices Could Be Good for Airlines: Analyst

Why High Oil Prices Could Be Good for Airlines: Analyst

According to Hunter Keay, Managing Director of Airlines, Aerospace & Defense at Wolfe Research, higher oil prices could be good for airlines because they encourage capacity discipline. U.S. Global Investors is not affiliated with Wolfe Research.

Pilot Shortage: A Blessing in Disguise?

Pilot Shortage: A Blessing in Disguise?

Although airlines are now operating in an unprecedented period of sustained profitability, future growth could face a new and unique challenge in the form of a pilot shortage—which, it turns out, could be a blessing in disguise.

Global Uncertainty Hasn't Held Airlines Back: Second Quarter Earnings

Global Uncertainty Hasn't Held Airlines Back: Second Quarter Earnings

Domestic airlines seemed to shrug off political uncertainty both here and abroad and the threat of global terrorism, if second quarter earnings are any indication. The four biggest U.S. carriers—American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines—collectively recorded a net profit of $3.9 billion.

Is this the Airlines Liftoff Investors Have Been Waiting For?

Is this the Airlines Liftoff Investors Have Been Waiting For?

Deutsche Bank just released a bullish report on domestic airlines. This helped lift airline stocks higher, reversing a drop in altitude that’s weighed on the industry so far in 2016.

How Well Do you Know Your Airport Codes? (Quiz)

How Well Do you Know Your Airport Codes? (Quiz)

Each airport, from small municipal airports to mammoth-size international airports, are assigned a three-letter code. Take our quiz to find out how well you know them!

Another Profitable Quarter for Airlines

Another Profitable Quarter for Airlines

The first quarter of 2016, ended March 31, follows a year of record profits for domestic airlines. In 2015, the industry collectively logged $25.6 billion in after-tax net profit, more than three times the amount reported in 2014.

Alaska-Virgin Merger: Beginning of a New Airline Consolidation Cycle?

Alaska-Virgin Merger: Beginning of a New Airline Consolidation Cycle?

On April 4, 2016, Virgin America agreed in principle to its acquisition by Alaska Airlines. The top four airlines - America, United, Delta, and Southwest - currently account for more than 80 percent of available capacity, while Alaska Airlines has a 5 percent share, and Virin a 2 percent share.

Explore the 10 Busiest Airports in the World (Slideshow)

Explore the 10 Busiest Airports in the World (Slideshow)

As crowded as airports already are, they’re about to get a whole lot busier, if analysts are correct. Visit the world’s 10 busiest airports by exploring the slideshow!

Explore the 7 Largest U.S. Airlines (Slideshow)

Explore the 7 Largest U.S. Airlines (Slideshow)

With a combined market cap of nearly $130 billion, the seven largest domestic airlines carry a vast majority of air passengers in the U.S. They service hundreds of destinations all over the globe, flying more than 740 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) - which is what you get when you multiply the number of paying customers by the distance traveled—in 2014 alone.

How Airlines Are Spending Their Record Profits

How Airlines Are Spending Their Record Profits

How did you spend your $700? That’s how much the average American driver saved at the pump in 2015, according to a report from J.P. Morgan Chase. But everyday consumers weren’t the only ones who saved big in 2015. Lower fuel prices represented a huge windfall for the airline industry.

Why Airlines Have Been Soaring to Record Profits

Why Airlines Have Been Soaring to Record Profits

Every day there are approximately 102,000 flights around the world. By 2026 it is forecast that aviation will contribute $1 trillion to world GDP. Explore our infographic to learn five reasons the global airline industry has been soaring to record profits.

Global Airline Industry Expected to Post Record Profits on Lower Fuel Costs

Global Airline Industry Expected to Post Record Profits on Lower Fuel Costs

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines are expected to post a record $33 billion in net profits in 2015 on fuel cost savings and stronger passenger flight demand. What’s more, profits are expected to be even larger in 2016.

Are Airlines Entering Their "Seasonally Strong Stock Period"? Bank of America Says Yes

Are Airlines Entering Their "Seasonally Strong Stock Period"? Bank of America Says Yes

In a new report, Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch says that airlines are entering what it calls their “seasonally strong period” from a historical perspective.

An Investment Case for JETS (VIDEO)

An Investment Case for JETS (VIDEO)

Thinking about investing in airlines? Discover where the industry has been and where it might be headed as the global middle class surges and companies explore new revenue streams.

The Airline Industry Ascended to New Records in 2014

The Airline Industry Ascended to New Records in 2014

Some of the key factors driving unprecedented air travel demand are an expanding U.S. economy, rising personal incomes and the highest consumer confidence level since before the recession.

JETS, A Smart Beta ETF

JETS, A Smart Beta ETF

Explore this case study of today’s growth drivers in the global airline industry, including low fuel costs, consolidation, improved seat capacity and an expanding global middle class.

These Signs May Point to an Airline Industry Secular Bull Market

These Signs May Point to an Airline Industry Secular Bull Market

Airline stocks for the four industry leaders were on the upswing more than two years before oil prices began to plummet.

We Believe Airline Stocks Are Undervalued

We Believe Airline Stocks Are Undervalued

In general, airline stocks are relatively cheap compared not only to the general U.S. market but also transportation stocks as a whole.

Global Airline Stocks Started Rising before Oil Prices Began to Fall

Global Airline Stocks Started Rising before Oil Prices Began to Fall

The airline industry is notoriously competitive. There’s even an old joke: if you want to make a million dollars in the airline business, you need to start with two million.