|Quoting ec99 (Reply 19):|
And the reason we have no religious airlines in the USA is because airlines are corporations with stockholders. In a diverse country, you want to have as broad an appeal as possible. Places like Chick-Fil-a keep their religious affiliation by being privately controlled but airlines are largely to big to be privately owned. Religious affiliations with airlines tend to happen when they are government owned or with countries that restrict freedom of religion.
Is anyone aware of an exception? A publicly-held corporation with a clear religious affiliation? I am assuming that such a company would provide some service for the clerical industry, such as printing Bibles (or whichever holy text), producing those little single-serving communion cups, or other such work.
Most of the senior management at OO
is likely very religious. OO
has never behaved on a corporate level in any way to suggest that they favor a given religion. Wisely, the management has chosen to keep that out of official policy and official publicity.
Similarly, even the closely-held In-N-Out Burger is owned by a very religious family, but the only sign of this is some Bible verse references (John 3:16, etc.) printed in subtle areas on containers. Their corporate policies are that of a progressive, well-run, ethical, equal-opportunity company.
Now, as far as airlines are concerned, a religious airline would mostly be one run by a theocratic government. Now, there are only two Christian theocracies. The first is the Vatican, which doesn't really have "companies," per se. The other is Great Britain (yeah, really...the monarch is the head of state). I don't know of a modern country that claims Biblical law as its official law and so I cannot think of any expressly Christian airlines. Also, I can't imagine what such an airline would do differently from any general airline. Maybe a passenger dress code. But Christianity (in general) has no prohibition on alcohol, no prohibition on any food that I can think of, and no mandatory prayer before travel (AFAIK; my upbringing is Jewish).
When I was a little boy my parents took me to Chile around 1988 or so. Chile is, of course, a very Christian country. At one point we boarded a LA
-CHU and over the door was a decal indicating that the Pope had flown aboard this aircraft during his 1987 visit. I wondered if I'd sit in his seat. My parents dismissed me, saying that they would have used a different internal layout aboard the aircraft. I kept on asking "what if?" in that annoying 10yo way of mine. So imagine my delight and their horror when I found my seat and the little gold plaque above it saying that the Pope had flown in this very seat....