Delta Airlines has been making some pretty big moves in the last few years, and now they have become the second largest American carrier, according to UPI.
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The carrier, which is based out of Atlanta, flew just under 210 billion miles in the last year, just narrowly beating out United, which flew 208.6 billion miles.
"The reality is, Delta offers better service and a better product than United. ... People probably prefer to fly Delta now," analyst Adam Hackel said.
Southwest came in fourth with 117.5 billion miles, Jet blue came in fifth, and Alaskan came in at 6.
Delta's performance is a 3.3% increase over the year before, which is a good showing in today's economy. American similarly grew 2.4%.
Delta has worked to provide a quality product that everyone will enjoy using - especially after they filed for bankruptcy in September 2005 and didn't emerge until 2007.
United is working to streamline the merger with Continental, and is going to "focus on running a reliable operation and investing in the tools and services that allow us to deliver the flier-friendly experience our customers deserve and expect."
Delta did not formally comment on its ascension to the No. 2 spot -- which is the first time it has done so since United's takeover of Continental.
The number of miles flown is only one way to determine how well an airline is doing. One would also have to compare the number of passengers carried, average passenger satisfaction, delay reports, and other somewhat subjective questions.
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American, Delta, United and Southwest account for more than 80 percent of domestic air traffic.