Searching Facebook for “airlines” yields more than 500 results, including official “pages” (which are administered by airline staff) and unofficial “groups” (which can be started by fans or off-duty employees). This can get confusing, since groups and pages look the same, and since some groups seem to serve as official pages, while some pages claim to be “unofficial.” To make things messier, some companies have multiple accounts (EL AL Airlines has three pages) while some have plenty of friends, but no content to show for it (Delta Air Lines has 7,570 fans but no updates).


Online social networking requires companies to relinquish a certain amount of control, and some airlines are letting go more than others. American Airlines’ wall is populated by messages from customers, some disgruntled (“We need to start a movement against AA and their GROSSED out 757s (domestic)… How do we do this…”). Other companies, such as Royal Brunei Airlines, simply recycle content from their website.

There’s also the messy issue of employee pages. Pilots, flight attendants and airport staff – both former and current – have created their own spaces on Facebook to keep in touch. These pages are usually open to the public and branded with airline logos, making them indistinguishable at first glance from official pages. This can be a recipe for a PR fiasco: in November, Virgin Atlantic Airlines fired 13 flight attendants who criticized the airline’s safety standards and dissed its passengers on Facebook. On the other hand, is there any better or cheaper publicity than a spontaneous employee love-in?


Below is our list of airlines that have an official Facebook presence (with their current number of friends in parentheses). Let us know if we’ve missed any and we’ll add them to the list:

Aegean Airlines (572)
Aer Lingus
Air Asia
Air Canada
Air France
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
Arabian Airlines
Asiana Airlines
(defunct) (547)
Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines Srbija
Axis French Airlines
Azerbaijan Airlines
B&H Airlines
Blue Panorama Airlines
British Airways
Brussels Airlines
Cargolux Airlines International


Cathay Pacific Airways (11,049)
Chanchangi Airlines
China Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Click Air
Continental Airlines
Copa Airlines
Croatia Airlines
Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
EL AL Airlines
(27, 423)
Ethiopian Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Ghana International Airlines
Gulf Air
Hawaiian Airlines
Iceland Air
Japan Airlines
JetBlue Airways
Jetstar Airways


Kenya Airways (448)
Kingfisher Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Korean Air
LAN Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Mandala Airlines
Merpati Nusantara Airlines
Mexicana Airlines
Middle East Airlines
Midwest Airlines
MK Airlines Ltd.
Northwest Airlines
Oasis Hong Kong Airlines
Olympic Airlines
Pacific Blue Airlines
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
Philippine Airlines
Porter Airlines
Qantas Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Saga Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines (4,609)
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Skyservice Airlines


South East Asian Airlines (518)
Southwest Airlines
Spirit Airlines
Sri Lankan Airlines
Tap Portugal
Thai Airways
Thomas Cook
Tiger Airways
Turkish Airlines
Turkmenistan Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines
United Airlines
V Australia
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin America
Virgin Blue
Virgin Atlantic
VLm Airlines
Vuelin Airlines
WestJet Airlines
Wizz Air