Stella Awards 2021: Best Airline

Stellas 2021 Best Airline

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Delta Air Lines

One of the world's major airlines, Delta began as a crop-dusting operation in 1925 and began offering passenger service four years later. Today the carrier transports nearly 200 million passengers a year — including untold multitudes of event attendees — flying to 50 countries, and employs more than 75,000 people. Among Delta's many corporate social responsibility initiatives are its efforts to stop human trafficking (to date some 56,000 employees have undergone training on what signs to look for), and in 2021 it won a sixth consecutive honor as one of the "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion."

For a full year, from April 2020 through April 2021, during the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Delta earned the gratitude of its customers by keeping its middle seats unoccupied. Today the airline continues to enforce the onboard mandatory mask policy and in partnership with the Mayo Clinic has instituted a number of innovative methods to keep the entire process of flying as sanitary as possible, from check-in to baggage claim.

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American Airlines

One of the great pioneering U.S. carriers, American Airlines' history began on April 15, 1926, when Charles Lindbergh flew the first flight — carrying mail from St. Louis to Chicago. Eight years later the airline began to develop passenger service and today flies an average of nearly 6,700 flights daily to 1,000 destinations in 150 countries, with meetings-related travel a significant part of its business. American is part of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and is a signer to the ECPAT-USA Code to help fight global human trafficking.