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CareerBliss Releases The Happiest Holiday Airlines for 2011

Booking your holiday getaway - before you check-in consider which airline employees will be smiling this season

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CareerBliss, the leading online career community helping people find joy and success at every step in their careers, announces their annual ranking of America's Happiest Airlines for Holiday Travel. Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and with the holiday fast approaching, travelers may want to consider which airline employees are happiest before jetting off to their next destination. Ranking first overall, for its second consecutive year, Southwest Airlines flies in as the happiest holiday airline to travel this season. Landing just behind Southwest, is Alaska, JetBlue and Continental - where airline employees are very pleased to be aboard. Rounding out the line-up is domestic carrier, SkyWest to complete the 2011 CareerBliss' Happiest Holiday Airlines.

"Airlines like Southwest, Alaska and others who are finding unique ways to battle rising fuel costs have also been able to maintain a strong employee base and overall maintain a happy work environment."




CareerBliss' 2011 Happiest Holiday Airlines

CareerBliss
Ranking

Company Overall Bliss
Score

1 Southwest Airlines 4.043 2 Alaska Airlines 3.820 3 JetBlue Airways 3.818 4 Continental Airlines 3.792 5 American Airlines 3.562 6 Delta Airlines 3.455 7 US Airways 3.379 8 AirTran 3.335 9 ATA Airlines 3.304 10 SkyWest Airlines 3.247







CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors that impact happiness at work including: work-life balance, senior management, compensation, benefits, job security, whether the employee would recommend their employer, the work the employee does, the company culture and the employee's work environment.

Heidi Golledge, CEO and Co-founder of CareerBliss, says, "Congratulations to Southwest Airlines for two consecutive years, Southwest employees rank this airline as the happiest place to be in the sky. The CareerBliss Happiest Holiday Airline data offers travelers and employers a unique look at what impacts overall happiness. We found that work-life balance, senior management, benefits and career advancement were the key factors that impacted the 2011 rankings."







CareerBliss' 2011 Happiest Holiday Airlines*

CareerBliss
Ranking

Company Benefits Career
Advancement

Senior
Management

Work-life
Balance

1 Southwest Airlines 4.227 3.455 4.455 4.273 2 Alaska Airlines 4.000 3.545 4.238 4.000 3 JetBlue Airways 4.000 3.435 3.913 4.000 4 Continental Airlines 4.108 3.710 4.054 4.075 5 American Airlines 3.816 3.437 3.783 3.705 6 Delta Airlines 3.620 3.415 3.748 3.656 7 US Airways 3.632 3.444 3.432 3.632 8 AirTran 3.269 3.038 3.500 3.308 9 ATA Airlines 3.643 3.214 3.214 3.143 10 SkyWest Airlines 3.077 2.385 3.833 3.692 * Score averages based on 1-5 scale





















Despite a slow economy, Southwest Airlines remained profitable and launched programs to combat rising fuel costs. Employees ranked the senior management at Southwest higher than any other airline. Matt Miller, CTO and co-founder of CareerBliss, says, "Airlines like Southwest, Alaska and others who are finding unique ways to battle rising fuel costs have also been able to maintain a strong employee base and overall maintain a happy work environment."

Golledge says, "This year has been especially eventful for the airline industry with a number of large mergers. Interestingly, Continental made the CareerBliss list, but United Airlines - which recently merged with Continental, did not. In addition, AirTran recently acquired by Southwest ranked in our top ten. As more and more airlines merge, it will be noteworthy to see how this impacts employee happiness."

For travelers and employers alike, the CareerBliss data enables traveler's unprecedented insight into the culture of an airline, as seen through the eyes of the employees.

Methodology

The CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors which affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, one's relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks, and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee's overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five. All assessments are derived from 2011 employee-generated reviews. For the purpose of this data - more than 1,000 independent employee reviews points were assessed.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is an online career community designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone who works, employers, job seekers and recruiters, CareerBliss offers the ability to find out what makes them happy and the ability to seek that out in other jobs or improve it in their current one using our PhD Board of Advisors, more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than three million job listings.

For more information, visit: www.CareerBliss.com


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