What’s the World’s Most Profitable Flights?

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Wondering What’s the World’s Most Profitable Flights? We take a look at which routes are most profitable by airline, and it’s quite surprising to see. You may expect all these flights to be long-haul flights, however that isn’t the case. What’s also interesting is that not all the routes are profitable for the carriers that fly it as the results show below.

According to a recent survey by OAG, we learn that the most profitable route is from New York (JFK) to London Heathrow, but only for British Airways, despite many of the US carriers including Delta and American flying this same route. British Airways bring in $24,639 revenue per hour flying this.

Next up, a short-haul route that does quite well for Qantas. Melbourne to Sydney is bringing in $24,237 per hour, not too shabby for a shorter flight.

On the U.S. American Airlines has made the top 10 list, with their Los Angeles to New York (JFK) transcontinental flight, with a three class cabin. They’re the only U.S. carrier to offer a three class cabin on this route, however it looks like it’s paying off, as they brought in $698 million in revenue from this one route alone.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 Revenue Routes from April 2017- March 2018.

Per OAG,

Globally one route breaks the billion-dollar threshold, the British Airways LHR – JFK service and that’s about 6% of BA’s total revenue in 2017. On an hourly basis, that equates to US$24,639 which amazingly is not quite the highest hourly earner. That accolade goes to the Emirates LHR – DXB service that ranks third in the Top 10.

Incredibly, five of the top ten revenue earners are either to or from London Heathrow which may explain the ongoing debate about the third runway with the increased competition damaging those lucrative earners.

Any routes on here that surprised you? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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  1. Possible one of the dumbest titles to an article in a long time.

    Check out Uber… how’s their revenue? How about profit?

  2. @Ryan given how low Uber’s costs are & how little they pay their drivers, their profits are pretty high.

    Anyways I think this chart is more indicative of pricing power (ie. fortress routes where airlines have the ability to mark up prices) than anything else. And as a Vancouverite with family in the Greater Toronto Area, I can attest first-hand as to the amount of credit-card damage AC inflicts every time I need to fly that route.

  3. Bunch of sour-pusses… obviously, bottom line numbers matter most, but high revenue is never a bad thing. It’s very hard to determine operational costs of each airline, while simple to see the revenue.

    I find it amazing that London commands such a premium, and even more reason I love playing the points and miles game!

  4. High revenue does not mean high profit. New York to London is not a high profit route, nor are shuttle markets or really anything with high frequency due to operating costs and competitive pressure

  5. @phoenix: Uber subsidizes every trip, hence it is cheaper than taxis. Paying drivers less has nothing to do with it.

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