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- Delta Air Lines is the world's largest air carrier by traffic, and is a founding member of the SkyTeam Alliance of airlines.
- Delta Air Lines is a member of an industry alliance that has strongly opposed proposals for a cap and trade system for carbon dioxide in the European Union. Such a system would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.
- Delta has initiated a number of company policies and projects to reduce its impact on the environment, including cutting water use at its headquarters by half and offering its customers the option to buy carbon offsets.
-- Profile Updated 08/26/2011
About Delta Air Lines, Inc
Delta Air Lines, Inc is the world’s largest air carrier by traffic, with the airline and its subsidiaries operating flights to over 375 destinations in more than 65 countries and possessing a mainline fleet of 775 aircraft. Delta’s main subsidiaries include Comair, its regional connector service, and Northwest Airlines. In 2010, the company reported sales of $31.76 billion and employed 80,000 people.
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Delta Air Lines, Inc
Atlanta, GA 30320 United States
In 2010, Delta completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory of their company. The airline found that 97.5% of all its GHG emission came from jet fuel combustion. According to its 2010 environmental report Delta has taken many steps to reduce fuel consumption. For example, Delta states that it is refitting part of their fleet with performance improvement packages to save over 800,000 gallons a year.
-- delta.com, 12/31/2010
• Delta Airline's has expanded its in flight recycling program to all domestic flights landing in Boston. In addition, Delta Airlines merged with Northwest Airlines and all Northwest domestic flights landing in Anchorage, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Vegas, Los Angles, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle-Tacoma, and San Francisco will participate in Delta's inflight recycling program.
-- Delta Airlines Blog, 04/14/2009
Source URL: blog.delta.com/category/environment/
• Delta Air Lines has adopted a number of corporate policies to reduce its impact on the environment. Since the establishment of the company’s Environmental Department in 1988, the airline has cut its water use by 50 percent at its Atlanta maintenance facilities and kept about 42 tons of aircraft carpet and 748 tons of recyclables from being dumped into Atlanta-area landfills, where the company is based. Delta has also reconfigured seating, reduced beverage cart sizes and taken other measures to reduce aircraft weight, in turn reducing fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
-- Atlanta Business Chronicle, 04/10/2009
Delta launched an in-flight recycling program in 2007. The profits from the recycled materials are used to build Habitat for Humanity Houses and raised $85,000 in 2008. According to the airline, Delta Flight Attendants, Cabin Service teams, and catering crews collected a total of 1,145,215 pounds (573 tons) of aluminum cans, plastics, newspapers and magazines in 2008.
-- delta.com, 03/10/2009
• Delta Air Lines, Inc is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global group of airlines and airports. The IATA has staunchly opposed plans for a carbon emissions trading system in the European Union that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of global climate change. The organization has argued that such a scheme would be prohibitively expensive for the airlines and make it more difficult to retain profits.
-- New York Times, 02/11/2009
• Delta Airlines expanded their in flight recycling program to planes landing in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, South Florida, New York (both La Guardia and JFK), Fort Lauderdale, Los Angles, Portland , Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa, and Washington D.C.
-- Delta Airlines Blog, 11/13/2008
Source URL: blog.delta.com/category/environment/
• In addition to reducing waste and improving its recycling programs, Delta Airlines offers customers the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon emissions from flying with Delta. The airline even offered to match customer carbon offset contributions up to $10,000 as part of its 2008 commemoration of Earth Day.
-- Tree Hugger, 06/04/2008
• Delta Airlines launched the first official in flight recycling program of the airline industry in 2007. Their program recycled aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic trays, beverage cups, newspapers, and magazines. The program was implemented on only Delta flights landing in Atlanta, Georgia however Delta Airlines hopes to expand the program.
-- Delta Airlines Blog, 10/29/2007
Source URL: blog.delta.com/category/environment/page/4/
Ethics and Governance
• In April 2009, Delta Air Lines offered its employees performance bonuses for receiving good performance rankings from the U.S. Department of Transportation for factors like on-time performance. Delta added an extra $100 to employees’ paychecks for February, and divided up another $4.5 million for improved performance in January.
-- Dallas Morning News, 04/09/2009
• In April 2009, Delta announced that it would trim its executive positions in response to the global economic crisis and the decrease in demand for air travel. The cost-saving restructuring measure cut five executive positions, consolidating their responsibilities in the remaining company officials.
-- Business Journal, 04/02/2009
•In 2008, Delta Air Lines spent $5.4 million on lobbying campaigns in the United States Congress.
-- 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, 01/01/2009
• At the end of 2008, Delta announced plans to cut its capacity by 6 to 8 percent through 2009 as travel demand declines with the global economic downturn. Company officials expect to cut 8 to 10 percent of the airline’s domestic capacity and 3 to 5 percent of international capacity, representing a 6 to 8 percent drop system-wide. The decline in capacity will likely be accompanied by job cuts, which executives say would be voluntary for frontline employees.
-- New York Times, 12/02/2008
Source URL: www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/business/03delta.html
• In October 2008, Delta Air Lines completed its $2.8 billion acquisition of Northwest Airlines, making it the world’s biggest airline carrier and giving it control over 25 percent of the U.S. domestic market. On the day the merger closed, an antitrust lawsuit filed by 28 customers to block the deal was settled. The travelers argued that the merger would increase prices, reduce competition and cut back on flight capacity.
-- MSNBC, 10/29/2008
Source URL: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27440244/
Health and Safety
• A passenger who flew on a Delta flight from Honduras to Atlanta in 2009 is facing federal charges for allegedly interfering with the flight crew. On the flight, Joao Correa, who was flying economy class, got up to use bathroom. When the aisle to the back of the plane turned out to be blocked by the beverage cart, he moved forward to use the business class facility but was blocked by a flight attendant who told him he could not use it due to Transportation Safety Administration policy. According to Correa, he grabbed onto the flight attendant’s arm to maintain his balance; the attendant alleged that he grabbed onto her arm and twisted it. Correa spent two nights in jail following the incident.
-- Australian News Online, 04/09/2009
• Atlantic Southeast Airlines, one of Delta’s regional carriers, was forced to ground 60 jets in April 2009 after allowing 87 of the planes’ engines to continue operating past their time limits. The groundings, affecting up to an estimated 15,000 travelers, involved just under half of ASA’s fleet. The engines in the aircraft had been allowed to operate for more than the maximum of 4,000 hours without an inspection.
-- USA Today, 04/01/2009
The U.S department of Transportation fined Delta $2 million dollars for violating federal rules regarding passengers with disabilities. Complaints ranged from not assisting disabled passengers in disembarking and boarding as well as not responding to their complaints. Delta paid the fine without admitting any wrongdoing.
-- Reuters, 02/18/2011
• Delta Air Lines, Inc received a score of 85 on the Human Rights Campaign 2009 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 02/28/2009
Delta is experiencing disputes with the Asociation of Flight Attendants, the labor union for flight attendants. Before its merger with Northwest Airlines, only 12% of Delta’s workers were unionized. After the merger, the number of unionized employees tripled. However, in a 2010 vote regarding unionization of flight attendants, amongst the 20,000 eligible voters, the union supporters lost by 328 votes. The newly acquired Northwest union employees were no longer recognized as being in a union. Union organizers claimed that Delta execs intimidated employees by running an anti-union campaign and encouraging them to vote on work computers which could be tracked by employers. The union vote is under investigation as of June 2011.
-- LaborNotes, 11/04/2010