Delta Dedicates Boeing 757 in Salute to Servicemen and Women
Christening of the "Spirit of Freedom" in Atlanta kicks off Veterans Day
ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2012
ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Delta Air Lines today unveiled a Boeing
757 as the "Spirit of Freedom" in honor of the men and women – including more
than 10,000 Delta employees – who have served and continue to serve in the
U.S. Armed Forces.
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Hundreds of employees along with elected officials and representatives from
military organizations and Atlanta-based charities gathered at Delta's
Technical Operations Center to commemorate the christening of the "Spirit of
Freedom," which now bears a commemorative logo.
"At Delta, we have an obligation to support our employee servicemen and
servicewomen, our veterans and the millions of others on active duty who fly
with us each year," said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. "In honor of their brave
acts of service, selflessness and sacrifice, we are proud to dedicate this
aircraft as the 'Spirit of Freedom.'"
The Delta Honor Guard, an employee-led initiative, opened the program. These
employee volunteers administer honor guards at more than a dozen U.S. airports
for fallen heroes returning home.
In July, Delta accepted the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
Award for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. The airline
joins one of only 15 employers across the country and is the first airline in
a decade to receive the award.
Delta's commitment to military service members extends year-round and across
the travel experience. These efforts include:
oOperation of more than 2,000 military charter flights in 2012;
oEmployee volunteer-staffed military lounges in Atlanta and Memphis and at
USO lounges across the U.S.;
oCoordination of care packages for those serving abroad and the donation of
millions of miles to military-support organizations like the Fisher House
Foundation and USO;
oRecognition of servicemen and servicewomen in uniform by providing First
Class and BusinessElite® upgrades when seats are available, priority
boarding and complimentary Delta Sky Club access nationwide; and
oA pledge to hire more veterans by 2020 as part of its participation in the
100,000 Jobs Mission.
Delta will continue to honor veterans with a gate celebration at Washington,
D.C.'s Reagan National Airport (DCA) Nov. 12-13, 2012.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the
past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of
Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by
PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology, won the Business Travel
News Annual Airline Survey and was the recipient of 12 Executive Travel
Magazine Leading Edge Awards for U.S. airlines. With an industry-leading
global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to
nearly 313 destinations in 58 countries on six continents. Headquartered in
Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline
fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global
alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint
venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance
partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in
Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New
York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and
Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier
program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning
BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide.
Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and
global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in
the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding
passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines
Contact: Delta Corporate Communications, +1-404-715-2554
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