Delta Honors Veterans with $350,000 Fisher House Gift and Airport Celebration in D.C.

Delta Honors Veterans with $350,000 Fisher House Gift and Airport Celebration
                                   in D.C.

Airline salutes service members with Boeing 757 christened the "Spirit of

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2012

ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today
capped a three-day celebration of veterans with a $350,000 gift to the Fisher
House Foundation at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C. The
airline kicked off its military salute in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 9, with the
dedication of the "Spirit of Freedom," a Boeing 757 honoring men and women who
currently serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including more than
10,000 Delta employees.

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Washington, D.C.

Congressman John Kline, Minn., who serves on the House Armed Services
Committee and is chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee,
joined Andrea Newman, Delta's senior vice president – Government Affairs, and
Tad Hutcheson, Delta's vice president – Community Affairs in presenting the
gift to the Fisher House today.

"Delta is a longstanding supporter of Fisher House, because we strongly
believe in their mission of providing, without charge, a safe, comforting
environment for families of service members during their medical stay," said
Newman. "On behalf of Delta's 80,000 employees, I want to personally thank
Fisher House for the tremendous work they do."

The gift will support veterans and families receiving treatment at military
medical centers. It comes in part from the Delta Sky Club®, which donated 10
percent of proceeds from new memberships purchased in July.

During today's gate celebration at DCA, Delta employees handed out
commemorative stickers to passengers in honor of Veterans Day.


On Friday, Nov. 9, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Delta CEO Richard Anderson,
other military and elected officials, and hundreds of employees gathered at
Delta's Technical Operations Center in Atlanta to mark 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 Anderson. "In honor of their brave acts of service,
selflessness and sacrifice, we are proud to dedicate this aircraft."

Delta's Veterans Employee Network collected letters and coordinated care
packages for service members stationed abroad through a partnership with The
Coca-Cola Company and the USO. Delta flight attendants also collected more
than 3,000 thank you letters to send to those serving our country this

Delta and the U.S. Armed Forces

Delta's commitment to military service members extends year-round across the
travel experience and includes:

  oVolunteer efforts at USO lounges across the U.S., including contributing
    to the establishment of a permanent USO lounge in Detroit Metropolitan
    Airport's McNamara Terminal;
  oOperating more than 2,000 military charter flights in 2012;
  oDonating millions of miles to military support organizations like the
    Fisher House Foundation and USO;
  oRecognizing military members in uniform by providing First Class and
    BusinessElite® upgrades when seats are available, as well as priority
    boarding and complimentary Delta Sky Club access nationwide;
  oThe Delta Honor Guard, an employee-led group at more than a dozen U.S.
    airports that administers flag ceremonies and uses specially themed
    patriotic ground equipment to transport fallen heroes returning home; and
  oA pledge to hire more veterans by 2020 as part of its participation in the
    100,000 Jobs Mission.

In July, Delta accepted the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
Award for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. Delta is the
first airline to receive the honor in a decade.

About Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built
on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are
5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of
Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving
treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men
and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary
expense during a time of crisis.

Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each
Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and
baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining
room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher
House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since
inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated
$192 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated
frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service
members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to
allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.
The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military
charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of
fallen and disabled veterans. 

About Delta Air Lines

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
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