With 46,385 employees and a 1998 employee growth rate of 3.4% the company could hardly be accused of growing.
However, a 27.4% sales growth during 1998 suggested that the company might be doing something right (all figures are from Hoover's Online). A good indication of whether a corporation has a glass ceiling or not can be estimated by a study of the top corporate officers. Air France is controlled totally by men.
The third-largest airline in the U.S., Delta's 70,846 employees help keep it profitable. With an 11.2% employee growth and a 17.2 percent growth in net sales, the company is staying afloat. Two women appear in the top management echelon -- Vicki B. Escarra is EVP of Customer Service and Jenny R. Poole is EVP of In Flight services.
The airline industry is "service intensive" and the success of an airline comes from the perception of it being a "nurturing" enterprise. Both Delta and Air France claim to be discrimination-free