13 Commerical Airline Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio

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The airline industry is one of the largest consumer industries in the world. It amassed $710 billion in revenue last year, according to the International Air Transport Association.

The overall industry is comprised of different segments, including commercial airlines, airport operating and the aircraft leasing sectors.

Despite the recent success, the commercial airline industry has proved to be sensitive to global economic volatility. For example, the industry was hard hit in 2008 and 2009 during the economic recession, when net profits declined by $30 billion.

Commercial airlines provide air transportation services for passengers around the globe.

In U.S., passenger airlines are divided into four carrier groups based on annual revenue: major, national, large regional and medium regional. There are a total of 19 major carriers in the U.S., which are defined as airlines whose fiscal year revenue is greater than $1 billion.

Here are thirteen commercial airline stocks, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com, which are worth looking over.  Note that these ratings can change at any time. If you would like access to real-time ratings of these stocks, you can access them by subscribing to TheStreet Quant Ratings.

13. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. ADS (GOL)
Category: Airlines

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. provides regular and non-regular air transportation services for passengers, cargoes, and mailbags in Brazil and internationally.

It operates in two segments, Flight Transportation and Smiles Loyalty Program. The company operates a fleet of 150 aircraft, which includes 96 aircraft under operating leases and 46 aircraft under finance leases. It also develops and manages its own or third party's customer loyalty program.

The company has a strategic partnership with Air France-KLM. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. was founded in 2001 and is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GOL LINHAS AEREAS INTELIGENT as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GOL LINHAS AEREAS INTELIGENT (GOL) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: GOL Ratings Report

12. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (RJET)
Category: Airlines

Republic Airways Holdings Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides scheduled passenger services. It offers scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,390 flights daily to approximately 118 cities in the U.S. and Canada through fixed-fee flights operated under airline partner brands, including American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express. As of December 31, 2013, the company operated a combined fleet of approximately 258 aircraft. It is also engaged in charter and cargo operations. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates REPUBLIC AIRWAYS HLDGS INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate REPUBLIC AIRWAYS HLDGS INC (RJET) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RJET Ratings Report

11. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. ADS (LFL)
Category: Airlines

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services in South America.

It provides domestic and international passenger transport services to approximately 134 destinations in 22 countries and cargo services to approximately 143 destinations in 27 countries. As of December 31, 2013, the company operated a fleet of 339 aircraft, including 323 passenger aircraft and 16 cargo aircraft.

The company was formerly known as LAN Airlines S.A. and changed its name to LATAM Airlines Group S.A. in June 2012.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates LATAM AIRLINES GROUP SA as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate LATAM AIRLINES GROUP SA (LFL) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LFL Ratings Report

10. SkyWest Inc. (SKYW)
Category: Airlines

SkyWest, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates a regional airline in the U.S. It provides scheduled passenger and air freight services with departures to various destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

The company also offers regional jet and turboprop service to airports, and ground handling services for other airlines throughout its system. It operates flights as United Express, Delta Connection, US Airways Express, American Eagle and Alaska under code-share arrangements.

As of December 31, 2013, the company operated a fleet of approximately 757 aircraft.

SkyWest, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in St. George, UT.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SKYWEST INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SKYWEST INC (SKYW) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed-some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SKYW Ratings Report

9. United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL)
Category: Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo transportation services. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which use jet aircraft with 118 seats, and its regional operations. It operates in the U.S., the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

The company also sells fuel, as well as offers catering, ground handling, and maintenance services for third parties. As of May 12, 2014, it operated through a fleet of approximately 700 mainline aircraft.

The company was formerly known as UAL Corp. and changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC (UAL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed-some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: UAL Ratings Report

8. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL)
Category: Airlines

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tokyo-Narita.

The company sells its tickets through various distribution channels, including telephone reservations, delta.com, traditional brick and mortar, and online travel agencies.

It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for aviation and airline customers, as well as offers staffing services, professional security and training services, and aviation solutions for third parties; vacation packages; and aircraft charters, and aircraft management and programs.

As of June 4, 2014, the company operated a mainline fleet of approximately 700 aircraft. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DELTA AIR LINES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DELTA AIR LINES INC (DAL) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: DAL Ratings Report

7. Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA)
Category: Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo.

The company offers daily services on North America routes between the state of Hawaii and Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA, as well as daily services on its neighbor island routes among the four major islands of the state of Hawaii.

It also provides scheduled service between the state of Hawaii, and New York City. In addition, the company provides daily services on its international routes between the state of Hawaii and Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; and Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, Japan; and Hawaii and Pago Pago, American Samoa; Papeete, Tahiti; Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Sapporo and Sendai, Japan; and Taipei, Taiwan.

As of December 31, 2013, its fleet consisted of 18 Boeing 717-200 aircraft for its Neighbor Island routes; 12 Boeing 767-300 aircraft; and 14 Airbus A330-200 aircraft for the North America, international, and charter routes.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Honolulu, HI.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates HAWAIIAN HOLDINGS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HAWAIIAN HOLDINGS INC (HA) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: HA Ratings Report

6. JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU)
Category: Airlines

JetBlue Airways Corp., a passenger carrier company, provides air transportation services in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.

The company also served 82 destinations in 25 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 15 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

As of December 31, 2013, it operated a fleet of 4 Airbus A321 aircraft, 130 Airbus A320 aircraft, and 60 EMBRAER 190 aircraft.

JetBlue Airways Corp. was founded in 1998 and is based in Long Island City, NY.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP (JBLU) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: JBLU Ratings Report

5. Ryanair Holdings plc (RYAAY)
Category: Airlines

Ryanair Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides scheduled-passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Morocco.

It also offers various ancillary services, such as non-flight scheduled services and Internet-related services; and markets accommodation services and travel insurance through its Website, as well as is engaged in the in-flight sale of beverages, food, and merchandise.

In addition, the company sells bus and rail tickets on board its aircraft and through its Website; and markets car parking, attractions, and activities, as well as gift vouchers through its Website.

As of June 30, 2014, it had a fleet of 297 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and five leased aircraft; and offered approximately 1,600 scheduled short-haul flights per day serving approximately 186 airports primarily in Europe.

The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Swords, Ireland.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates RYANAIR HOLDINGS PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate RYANAIR HOLDINGS PLC (RYAAY) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RYAAY Ratings Report

4. Copa Holdings SA (CPA)
Category: Airlines

Copa Holdings, S.A. provides airline passenger and cargo services in Latin America. It provides services within Colombia; and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

The company offers approximately 327 daily scheduled flights among 66 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean from its Panama City hub.

As of April 30, 2014, it operated a fleet of 92 aircraft comprising 66 Boeing 737NG aircraft and 26 EMBRAER-190 aircraft. The company has strategic alliance with United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Copa Holdings, S.A. was founded in 1947 and is based in Panama City, Panama.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates COPA HOLDINGS SA as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate COPA HOLDINGS SA (CPA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CPA Ratings Report

3. Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE)
Category: Airlines

Spirit Airlines, Inc. provides low-fare airline services.

It operates approximately 250 daily flights to 50 destinations in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America.

As of December 31, 2013, the company had a fleet of 54 Airbus single-aisle aircraft comprising 29 A319s, 23 A320s, and 2 A321s.

Spirit Airlines, Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Miramar, FL.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SPIRIT AIRLINES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SPIRIT AIRLINES INC (SAVE) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SAVE Ratings Report

2. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK)
Category: Airlines

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services in the U.S.

The company operates through Alaska Mainline and Alaska Regional segments. It serves approximately 100 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

As of December 31, 2013, the company's fleet consisted of 131 Boeing 737 jet aircraft and 51 Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Seattle, WA.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates ALASKA AIR GROUP INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ALASKA AIR GROUP INC (ALK) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ALK Ratings Report

1. Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)
Category: Airlines

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the U.S.

As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. It served 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 6 near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Aruba, Dominican Republic, and Bermuda.

It also sells frequent flyer points and/or credits and related services to business partners participating in the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program, including car rental agencies, hotels, restaurants, and retail locations.

The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SOUTHWEST AIRLINES as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (LUV) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LUV Ratings Report

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