Delta Air Lines will pay out an extra $1.6 billion amongst over 90,000 employees. This comes after the carrier posted an excellent year financially. A known airline for profit sharing, this is a record amount for Delta.
Delta announces record profit sharing
CNN reports that Delta Air Lines will give its employees a combined extra $1.6 billion back. Eligible employees will receive a check cut out for 16.6% of their annual salary. Taking everything into account, this is equivalent to about an extra two months worth of pay to employees who will receive these bonuses. This is a record amount for the carrier. However, Delta has for some years now paid out over $1 billion each year to its employees in profit sharing.
Delta and its employees
This new profit-sharing continues Delta’s commitment to its employees. Back in 2019, Delta employees, including flight attendants, received a 4% pay increase.
Moreover, there is a strong tie between Delta and its employees. CEO Ed Bastian routinely emphasizes the importance of Delta’s employees in the airline’s success. Reflecting on the history of the airline for a Simple Flying feature on Delta’s first Boeing 767, CEO Ed Bastian had the following to say:
When I think of everything we’ve achieved to reach a position of leadership in this industry – when so many other airlines didn’t survive – I always come back to our people. They’re the best, and they’ve kept our culture alive and thriving through every challenge we’ve faced. With the Delta people behind us, I truly believe our best days as a company are still ahead.
How this sets Delta Air Lines apart
Delta’s flight attendants are not currently unionized. Despite this, Delta and its employees have a good relationship. The airline’s flight attendants and pilots have not gone on strike in recent years and have seen management that provides frontline staff with a vision for great customer service.
Compared to other American carriers, Delta is at the forefront when it comes to profit sharing and maintaining excellent employee relationships. This tends to show as Delta has some of the friendliest crews in the sky.
Maintaining good employee relationships and a public show of trust between employees and management is a fine line to walk. Many carriers around the world are still trying to find that balance. While Delta has seemingly mastered this, it is important that management at the airline continues to support its workers and handle their complaints with integrity.
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