ATLANTA, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) claimed the 44th spot for U.S. companies, leading all other airlines, in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, one of the world's foremost corporate environmental rankings. The airline also nabbed the top airline spot for global companies, ranking 85th.
"Delta people are implementing processes and systems to minimize our carbon footprint across the company," said Christine Boucher, Delta's Managing Director – Global Environment and Sustainability. "Our ranking improved 30 spots over last year's U.S. performance and 40 spots globally, further validating the work we are doing to be more environmentally responsible and fuel efficient."
Newsweek Green Rankings assesses the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally on overall environmental performance.
"In the current global business and political climate, no company can continue to ignore its environmental footprint," said Newsweek's Senior Editor, Elijah Wolfson. "There's good news: Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings show that the world's biggest companies are improving when it comes to energy productivity and in limiting greenhouse gas emissions."
Delta continues to minimize its environmental impact by investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, using electric-powered tugs, updating facilities for energy efficiencies and involving employees in finding new ways to go green on the ground and in the air.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 337 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
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