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Following $1.6B profit sharing payout, Delta unveils 'thank you' plane featuring all 90,000 employee names

Delta pays more than $1 billion in profit sharing to employees worldwide for sixth year running.

Feb. 14, 2020, 9:29 a.m.
  • Delta unveils plane dedicated to world’s best employees; more than 90,000 employee names form the words “thank you” on the aircraft livery.
  • Record payment comes on same day airline announces $1 billion sustainability investment.

Delta Air Lines today will pay out more than $1 billion in profit sharing, celebrating the outstanding accomplishments made possible by its employees around the world. The $1.6 billion profit sharing pool – a record for a U.S.-based company – translates to a 16.7 percent payout for eligible employees.

"Delta would be nothing without our 90,000 people worldwide,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “They deserve all the credit for our success, and we are proud to recognize their extraordinary work with a $1.6 billion payout – marking the sixth year in a row that Delta’s profit sharing has exceeded $1 billion.”

The airline has paid more than $6.5 billion in profits directly to its employees over the past five years – a milestone no other company has ever achieved.

“We’re often asked what sets Delta apart, and the answer is simple: our people,” said Joanne Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “That’s why profit sharing is one of the most important days of the year. It’s all about Delta people sharing in the success they make possible through hard work and a focus on our customers.”

Thank you to the world’s best employees and customers

At a profit sharing celebration this morning in the airline’s hometown of Atlanta, Delta leaders unveiled another symbol of the company’s appreciation: a custom aircraft livery featuring all 90,000 employee names, alongside a message that the aircraft is “dedicated to the world’s best employees and customers.”

The custom “thank you” message featured on this Airbus A321 aircraft was designed, produced and installed in-house by Delta people. The process – which involved 48 custom decal panels – took more than a week to complete at the Delta TechOps print shop and hangar in Atlanta.

For Joel Freeland, a TechOps painter who worked on the project, the aircraft is particularly meaningful.

“It’s so wonderful to get to do a project like this,” said Freeland. “The idea was conceived within Delta, and all the employees working together have made it a reality.”

Taking care of Delta people, customers and the world around us

Delta remains committed to its promise to take care of its employees, customers and the world which we all share. As part of this, Delta also announced today a $1 billion investment to advance sustainability in air travel and become the first carbon neutral airline globally.

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Delta Thank You Plane

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Delta Profit Sharing Payout
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