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Delta Air Lines has been named one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune.

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Delta ranked No. 63 and is the only airline on the list, which is based on employee ratings of their workplace culture, including the pride they take in their jobs, the camaraderie they experience with co-workers, and level of trust they feel toward leaders.

Key to the Delta culture is sharing in the success of the company based on the contributions of 85,000 Delta people worldwide. On Feb. 14, Delta employees earned $1.1 billion in profit sharing for their role in delivering record-breaking operational, financial and customer satisfaction performance throughout 2016. It marked the third year in a row that the company has paid out more than $1 billion in profit sharing.

“Being named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For is the pinnacle of all the workplace awards we’ve recently won,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “As the only airline to receive this honor, it speaks to our unique culture, based on engagement and inclusion.”

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The 2017 results suggest that a high-trust culture fuels better business performance. Great Place to Work research shows that list winners outperform the stock market, outperform industry rivals when it comes to talent retention and demonstrate higher levels of productivity than peers.

“Our people are at the center of everything we do at Delta, and we do our best to build an environment that rewards their efforts, gives them a platform to succeed, and offers many ways to feel ‘Delta proud,’” added Smith. “Particularly in a customer service business such as ours, we believe having a great workplace goes hand-in-hand with marketplace success.”

“Congratulations to the 2017 100 Best,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “These leading companies are at the vanguard of a new business frontier, where organizations know they have to develop the full human potential of all their employees. They are working to build Great Places to Work For All, which are better for business, better for people and better for the world.”

Delta was recently named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth consecutive year. In December, Delta made a trio of “best workplace” lists: Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality, Best Companies for Diversity and for African-Americans, and Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work.