Gift Jet

Saying thanks with a 767

Delta Airlines has long had a deserved reputation for maintaining unusually good relations with its employees. Now the line's largely nonunionized staff of 37,000 is showing its gratitude with a help-the-company gesture so generous that even Delta's corporate management has been left speechless.

In appreciation for an 8% September pay raise, as well as for the company's refusal to lay off workers despite an $18 million operating loss in the first quarter of 1982, Delta employees have begun chipping in to buy the airline a new Boeing 767 for about $30 million. Explains Flight Attendant Jean Owens of...

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