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List of Airlines ETFs

Updated Mar 8, 2019
Airlines ETFs are the exchange traded funds which focus on the airline sector. However, it is difficult to find airline specific ETFs as rarely one or two pure-play airline ETFs exist. Most of the airline stocks are included in the larger Transportation sector ETFs. As of writing, only one Airline ETF, called the U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS), is available in the FKnol database. However, it is possible that a few more Airline specific ETFs may be launched by issuers in due course of time. Investors desirous of investing specifically in airline sector ETFs may not have many choices at present, and may need to go with the larger and broader Transportation sector ETFs.
Airline ETFs are also known for being a proxy to the oil sector and the overall economic sentiment. The price of crude oil directly impacts the prices of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), which in turn impacts the performance of airline stock prices. At times, investors may also prefer taking positions in oil and gas sector ETFs instead of investing in airline ETFs.

List of All Airlines ETFs

Following is the list of all 6 exchange-traded funds that FKnol has in its database for ETFs which belong to the Airlines category:
All Airlines ETFs
TickerNameShort DescriptionExpense
No. of
JETSUS Global Jets ETFU.S. Global Jets ETF invests in both U.S. and non-U.S. companies involved with the airline industry, including passenger airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports and terminal services companies. ...Full Details0.6%34AnnuallyAirlines
FTXRFirst Trust Nasdaq Transportation ETFThe First Trust Nasdaq Transportation ETF tracks an index composed of 30 U.S. transportation companies. Holdings are selected by their liquidity, and weighted based on volatility, value, and growth factors. ...Full Details0.6%31QuarterlyTransportation
IYTiShares Transportation Average ETFThe iShares Transportation Average ETF tracks a price-weighted index of transportation firms in the US equity market selected by the Dow Jones Average Committee. ...Full Details0.43%21QuarterlyTransportation
TPORDirexion Daily Transportation Bull 3X SharesThe Direxion Daily Transportation Bull 3x Shares ETF tracks a price-weighted index of large US tranportation companies selected by a committee. ...Full Details1.02%21QuarterlyTransportation
XKSTSPDR Kensho Smart Mobility ETFXKST tracks an index of US-listed companies that focuses on autonomous vehicle technology, drone technology, and advanced transportation tracking and transport optimization systems. ...Full Details0.45%57QuarterlyTransportation
XTNSPDR S&P Transportation ETFThe SPDR S&P Transportation ETF is designed to track a broad-based, equal-weighted index of U.S. stocks in the transportation industry. ...Full Details0.35%44QuarterlyTransportation
All Airlines ETFs

Where do Airlines ETFs Invest?

A long list of companies and different financial instruments exist where the Airlines exchange-traded funds may invest the money collected from the ETF investors. Below is a small sample of companies whose stocks may qualify for investment by Airlines ETFs, though there can be many more businesses and financial instruments where these ETFs can park the capital for returns:
Company (Ticker)Company DescriptionMarket Cap%YTD Gains
Delta Air Lines (DAL)Delta Air Lines, Inc., incorporated on March 16, 1967, provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world. The Companys segments include Airline ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$33.55 billion-0.62%
Southwest Airlines (LUV)Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest), incorporated on March 9, 1967, operates Southwest Airlines, a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and near-international markets. Southwest provides point-to-point ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$28.61 billion11.38%
United Continental (UAL)United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL), incorporated on December 30, 1968, is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc. (United). The Company transports people and cargo ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$21.98 billion-1.59%
Ryanair (RYAAY)Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair Holdings), incorporated on June 5, 1996, is a holding company for Ryanair Limited (Ryanair). Ryanair operates an ultra-low fare, scheduled-passenger airline serving short-haul, point-to-point routes between ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$15.57 billion2.68%
American Airlines (AAL)American Airlines Group Inc., incorporated on February 16, 1982, is a holding company. The Companys primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier, providing scheduled air transportation ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$14.33 billion-0.62%
China Southern Airlines (ZNH)China Southern Airlines Company Limited, incorporated on March 25, 1995, is engaged in airline operations. The Company also operates certain airline related businesses, including provision of aircraft maintenance and air ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$13.34 billion25.92%
China Eastern Airlines (CEA)China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the civil aviation industry in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers passenger,...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$11.55 billion9.35%
Alaska Air (ALK)Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional, and Horizon. It has a netwo...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$6.85 billion-8.59%
LATAM Airlines Group (LTM)LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services in Peru, Argentina, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, rest of Latin America...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$6.47 billion3.52%
JetBlue Airways (JBLU)JetBlue Airways Corporation, incorporated on August 24, 1998, is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Companys ...See Company Profile ...Dividend History.$4.93 billion0.12%
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