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Delta Shuttle Launches Chicago-O'Hare Service, Offers Triple Miles

Added service marks latest investment in Delta's efforts to become New York's preferred airline

Flyers can earn nearly 4,400 miles for round-trip travel between Chicago, New York

Jun 9, 2010

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) on Monday will launch hourly Delta Shuttle service with 11 weekday flights between New York-LaGuardia and Chicago-O'Hare International airports. To mark Delta's continued growth in the New York market, the airline is offering SkyMiles members triple flown miles and triple Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) on all Delta Shuttle flights connecting LaGuardia to Boston-Logan, Washington-Reagan National and Chicago-O'Hare airports between June 14 and Aug. 31, 2010.

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"As a thank you to the many SkyMiles members who regularly use Delta Shuttle's services to and from New York, we are celebrating the newest Shuttle route by not only offering triple flown miles toward future award travel, but also triple qualifying miles toward SkyMiles Medallion status," said Jeff Robertson, Delta's vice president – SkyMiles.  "Adding Chicago-O'Hare to the Delta Shuttle network is part of our ongoing commitment to expand service for our most frequent travelers between New York and the country's top business markets."

During the past four years, Delta has added 40 new destinations from LaGuardia and JFK combined, expanded BusinessElite service to transcontinental flights from JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco and reintroduced "Red Coats" as customer service ambassadors at LaGuardia and JFK.

With the addition of Chicago-O'Hare, Delta will be the only airline offering shuttle services to New York's top three business markets: Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Delta Shuttle customers enjoy dedicated self-service check-in kiosks, assigned seating, two classes of service with complimentary upgrades for Medallion members when available, a minimum of 500 SkyMiles for all Shuttle flights, and complimentary beverages and newspapers in the gate area. Onboard, Delta Shuttle also offers enhanced in-flight service including meals in First Class, bagels in Economy on departures before 10 a.m. and complimentary wine and Sam Adams beer.

Flights schedules for the new Chicago-New York shuttle are available online at http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=18&item=130.

Members must register for this promotion at delta.com/shuttlepromo. This bonus is in addition to the minimum 500 SkyMiles earned for each Shuttle flight traveled.  SkyMiles members traveling between Chicago and New York can earn nearly 4,400 miles round trip while customers traveling on Delta Shuttle's New York-Boston and New York-Washington, D.C. routes can earn 3,000 miles for each round trip. More information and complete terms and conditions are available at delta.com/shuttlepromo.

SkyMiles members who earn at least 25,000 MQMs in one calendar year qualify for SkyMiles Medallion status, which provides exclusive benefits such as complimentary upgrades, priority boarding, mileage bonuses and preferred seating.

Delta offers more ways to redeem frequent flyer miles than any other airline – including airline tickets, mileage upgrades, car rentals, hotel stays, Delta Sky Club memberships, merchandise and more than 30 types of gift cards.  In 2009, 8.5 percent of revenue miles flown on Delta were for award travel, among the best of U.S. network airlines according to data filed in airlines' 10-K annual reports. During the same period, frequent flyers redeemed more than 230 billion miles in the SkyMiles program for more than 11 million award redemptions.  Now in its 28th year, SkyMiles is one of the travel industry's longest-running and most successful loyalty programs. It was named "Best Domestic Frequent Flyer program" for 2007 through 2009 by readers of Executive Traveler magazine and "Best Frequent Flyer Program" for 2006 through 2009 by Business Traveler magazine. Delta's SkyMiles program offers members multiple mileage-earning opportunities when flying Delta, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection carriers, Delta AirElite and other SkyTeam airlines. Additional mileage-building opportunities are offered through more than 140 worldwide partners such as the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Delta SkyMiles Check Card.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 368 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 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. 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-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 45 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

Service operates 7am - 8pm weekdays, excluding holidays. Service may be operated by Delta Connection carrier.

Terms and Conditions:

Eligibility: To participate in this offer, eligible members must register online at delta.com/shuttlepromo and purchase and fly between June 14 and August 31, 2010. Bonus Offer: Purchase and fly on Delta or Delta Connection carrier marketed and operated nonstop Shuttle flight segments between New York/LGA and Boston/BOS, Washington Reagan National/DCA or Chicago O'Hare/ORD and earn triple flown miles and triple Medallion Qualification Miles/MQMs for paid travel flown between June 14 and August 31, 2010. Codeshare flights operated by carriers other than the Delta Connection carriers are excluded from this offer. Travel Period: Travel must be between June 14 and August 31, 2010. All travel must be completed by August 31, 2010. Validity: Medallion Qualification Miles are used for Medallion status qualification and are based on calendar year activity. Miscellaneous: Your bonus miles and Medallion Qualification Miles will appear automatically on your SkyMiles statement. Allow up to six weeks after qualifying travel is completed for credit to appear. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/memberguide. Taxes and fees for award travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award travel seats and upgrade seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Offer is void where prohibited by law. Offers and benefits subject to change without notice. Medallion Qualification Miles apply only to the traveling SkyMiles member. This offer cannot be combined with other Delta/SkyTeam offers. Please refer Delta customer service representative to 970612.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines


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