Delta Says Thank You By Painting Every Employee’s Name On An A321

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will pay $1.6 billion in profit sharing to its worldwide employees. To match the occasion, the carrier has also unveiled a “thank you” Airbus A321 that features the names of all 90,000 members of staff.

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Delta is in the mood to show its appreciation for its employees across the globe. Photo: Delta Air Lines

All about the billions

It has been a day of billions for the Atlanta-based airline. The company had just pledged that it will contribute $1 billion to become the first carbon-neutral airline.

Now, it has shared that it will pay over $1 billion in profit sharing for the sixth year in a row. According to a Delta press release, the payout is a record for a United States-based business. For most of those eligible, the payout will be 16.7 percent of their salary.

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The plane was made at Delta’s print shop and hangar in Atlanta. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr

Delta CEO Ed Bastian shared his appreciation for his company’s staff. He feels that they all deserve the share of the profit that the company has received.

“Delta would be nothing without our 90,000 people worldwide,” 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.”

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How Delta’s profit sharing is split across its vast network. Photo: Delta Air Lines

In it together

Meanwhile, Joanne Smith, Delta’s executive vice president and chief people officer believes the airline’s employees are what sets it apart from its counterparts. She said that the profit-sharing day is one of the most important times of the year for the company.

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Some of the employee names imprinted on the aircraft. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr

The executive summarized this is because the people of the firm are sharing in the success that they made possible through their hard work and dedication to serve customers.

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A special message painted on the side of the Airbus A321 in dedication to all of Delta’s members of staff and passengers. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr

Homegrown triumph

The customer A321’s livery features all 90,000 employee names and is matched with some special words.

The message reads:

“Dedicated to the world’s best employees and customers.”

The aircraft was designed and put together by Delta’s in-house team at the Delta TechOps print shop and hangar in Atlanta. The workers placed together 48 custom decal panels, which took over a week to complete.

TechOps painter Joel Freeland felt honored to be part of a special project such as this. It is a gift for the employees, which was also helped to be delivered by the employees working together.

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Delta holds 98 Airbus A321s within its fleet. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr

Staff appreciation can go a long way, especially as roles within the aviation industry can be extremely challenging. Altogether, Delta will be heading into the weekend proud of its billion-dollar accomplishments.

Simple Flying reached out to Delta for comment on the grand gestures for its employees. We will update the article with any further announcements.

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