The passenger airliner market remains one of the most lucrative and cutthroat industries in the business world.
Modern jet-powered commercial passenger flight 'took flight' after the close of World War 2 (1939-1945) thanks not only to the end of the war but also to an influx of ex-military aircraft that could be converted to passenger-carrying types. The first jet-powered airliner emerged from Britain with the de Havilland 'Comet' but this aircraft did little to inspire confidence in such travel. In the meantime the Soviets introduced their Tupolev Tu-104 for their part in the story and this airliner was the only one in operation from 1956 until 1958. In the West, particularly the United States, the arrival of the Boeing Model 707 changed passenger airliner travel for the better, becoming a major success for the company when introduced with Pan American World Airways in October of 1958.
Today, the industry has remains largely the same as much as it has changed. Jets are more reliable and faster and can reach even more locations across the globe. Smaller carriers have also jumped into the fray to offer low-cost travel at the expense of some luxuries once taken for granted. This index serves as a showcase of the various modern air carriers operating today with a focus on their fleet aircraft. Carriers are presented below in alphabetical order (A-Z).
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