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Delta thanks its 90,000 employees by painting AL their names on the side of a custom-designed aircraft

Delta salutes its 90,000-strong staff by painting ‘thank you’ on the side of an aircraft formed by the names of ALL employees

  • 45,000 names were painted on one side of the hull and 45,000 on the other
  • The customized Airbus A321 aircraft was designed, produced and installed in-house by Delta staff
  • The project lasted more than a week in the Delta TechOps print shop and hangar in Atlanta

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Delta Air Lines surprised staff when it unveiled a custom-made aircraft with the names of all 90,000 employees who formed the words “thank you” on the fuselage.

The shock was revealed at the company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, after it was announced that eligible employees would receive a payout of 16.7 percent thanks to a $ 1.6 billion profit-sharing initiative.

The livery features the words “thank you” painted on both sides of the plane, with 45,000 names on one side of the fuselage and another 45,000 names on the other.

The custom-designed aircraft was unveiled in Atlanta and was designed, produced and installed by Delta staff, which took more than a week to complete

The custom-designed aircraft was unveiled in Atlanta and was designed, produced and installed by Delta staff, which took more than a week to complete

The modified thank you message on this Airbus A321 aircraft was designed, produced and installed in-house by Delta engineers.

The process, involving 48 custom sticker panels, took more than a week in the Delta TechOps print shop and hangar in Atlanta.

The company said the aircraft was “dedicated to the world’s best employees and customers.”

Joel Freeland, a TechOps painter who worked on the project, said the aircraft was particularly meaningful.

“It’s so wonderful to be allowed to do such a project,” he said. “The idea was conceived within Delta, and all employees who work together have made it a reality.”

Forty-five thousand names were painted on one side of the hull and the other 45,000 were painted on the other, with a total of 90,000 employee names included

Forty-five thousand names were painted on one side of the hull and the other 45,000 were painted on the other, with a total of 90,000 employee names included

Forty-five thousand names were painted on one side of the hull and the other 45,000 were painted on the other, with a total of 90,000 employee names included

The tailor-made aircraft was unveiled during the annual announcement of the airline in Atlanta, Georgia

The tailor-made aircraft was unveiled during the annual announcement of the airline in Atlanta, Georgia

The tailor-made aircraft was unveiled during the annual announcement of the airline in Atlanta, Georgia

The airline has paid more than $ 6.5 billion in profits directly to its employees in the last five years.

“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 acknowledge their extraordinary work with a payout of $ 1.6 billion, exceeding the profit share of Delta $ 1 billion for the sixth consecutive year.”

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

The company also announced it would invest $ 1 billion in an effort to make itself the world’s first CO2 neutral airline.

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