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Delta Air Lines


The most profitable airline in the Fortune 500, Delta climbs six spots on the list after raking in almost $44 billion in annual revenue, an 8% increase from the year prior (and $3.9 billion in annual profits, up 10%). Those dollars were hard-fought: Like its peers, Delta saw a steep increase in fuel expenses in 2018, to the tune of 30%. What’s more, reduced government travel following last year’s federal shutdown hit the airline hard, costing the company $25 million a month. Still, operational efficiencies helped lead the U.S.’s second largest airline to success. Delta went a record 251 days without a cancelation—the kind of performance that helped stoke demand from travelers.

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Edward H. Bastian

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer





HQ Location

Atlanta, Ga.

Years on Fortune 500 List




Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$44,4387.7%
Profits ($M)$3,935.010.0%
Assets ($M)$60,266
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$13,687
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues8.9%
Profits as % of Assets6.5%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity28.7%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)5.67
EPS % Change (from 2017)14.5%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)-14.3%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2018)-8.8%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)14.4%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)16.8%
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