CHICAGO -- Fortune magazine rated United Airlines the most admired airline on its annual airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.
In addition, the magazine ranked United No. 1 for global competitiveness and long-term investment among 12 global carriers.
“I want to thank my co-workers for working together to achieve the prestigious No. 1 World’s Most Admired Airline ranking from Fortune magazine,” said Jeff Smisek, United Continental Holdings, president and chief executive officer.
A survey of corporate executives, airline executives, boards of directors and industry analysts determined the rankings. Survey respondents evaluated companies according to the following criteria: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness.
The results are in the magazine’s March 19 issue and online at