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Delta Air Lines' full-time equivalent employees 2008-2019

In the fiscal year of 2019, Delta had 91,224 full-time equivalent employees. This number steadily increased since 2012, which saw a decade low of 73,561.  Using full-time equivalent employees as a measure can be useful when comparing headcount to revenue, profits, or other industry metrics.  


Delta's position in the airline industry

   For the accounting period of 2019, Delta Air Lines reported revenue earnings of 47 billion U.S. dollars, an increase from the previous year. That same year, the airline company held total assets worth 64.52 billion U.S. dollars. Delta Air Lines is considered one of the leading airlines in the United States, second only to Southwest Airlines based on domestic market share. In terms of brand value, Delta was ranked first worldwide in 2019.


 Employees in the airline industry

  One of the challenges the airline industry is an increasing shortage of pilots: a predicted 150,000 pilots will join the industry by 2028, however, demand for pilots is well above that figure with the projected shortage of airline pilots expected to continue at least through 2021. An additional challenge that the air transportation industry faces is one of unequal gender distribution: the top levels of management in the airline industry lacks gender diversity, with many roles being dominated by men. In 2019, around 96 percent of the CEOs of leading airline groups were men. 

Delta Air Lines' full-time equivalent employees from 2008 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

FY 2008 to FY 2019

Special properties

fiscal year ends December 31.

Supplementary notes

Data include the operations of Delta's contract carriers under capacity purchase agreements, and exclude the number of employees of contract carriers not owned by Delta.

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