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Table 6: Top 10 Airlines, December 2017

Ranked by Number of Full-Time Equivalent Employees*

RankAirlineTotal FTE EmployeesCarrier Group**Top 10 Airlines December 2016
1American 100,645 NetworkAmerican
2United 82,624 NetworkUnited
3Delta 81,765 NetworkDelta
4Southwest 56,110 Low-costSouthwest
5JetBlue 17,728 Low-costJetBlue
6Alaska 13,142 NetworkAlaska
7Envoy 12,394 RegionalEnvoy
8SkyWest 12,333 RegionalSkywest
9Spirit 6,600 Low-costExpressJet
10Hawaiian 6,019 OtherSpirit
Notes: 
* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.
** See Table 9 for Network, Table 12 for Low-Cost and Table 15 for Regional.
Source: 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics