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11-08-2007, 01:53 PM
Maybe an easy answer.. one i looked for but didn't find. I have some friends who asked what the difference is between a legacy carrier and major carrier, as the legacys were once called majors. Is it the length of time they've been around? the capacity they operate at? the money they make? ha, or dont. I couldn't give them a direct answer.


11-08-2007, 03:55 PM
That's a good question, and there's probably no correct answer. Many airlines can be firmly counted in more than one category, or in a grey area between two categories. Generally the legacies (the old hub-and-spoke airlines) are always major airlines. Southwest is traditionally a LCC, but could also be considered a national (large domestic airline) and a major (large revenues).

The federal government defines major airline as $1 Billion or more in annual revenue...this includes several large regionals, which used to be commuters. Some regionals are much larger than some national/LCCs.

Large cargo airlines like FDX and UPS are considered majors also.

Confused yet?

11-08-2007, 03:59 PM
HAHA! Rick your answer made me laugh so hard.

It is because they have been around the longest!

Its a Legacy baby. Since before they 50's. All of them I believe.