Mar 25, 2013
ATLANTA and TOKYO, Mar. 25, 2013 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has become a sponsor of the U.S.-Japan TOMODACHI project to support Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and invest in the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Pacific. This will help strengthen the cultural and economic ties between the United States and Japan.
Delta has supported TOMODACHI projects for over two years, and now becomes an official sponsor. Delta will be more directly involved through flight ticket contributions and staff engagement.
“Delta has been actively involved with various relief efforts to support the Tohoku area – both at the corporate and employee level. Becoming a sponsor of TOMODACHI Initiative is another way of demonstrating our long-term commitment to Japan and the people living in the Tohoku area” said Masaru Morimoto, managing director – Japan. “As the No.1 airline connecting Japan and the U.S., we will contribute to the project to strengthen the ties between Japan and the U.S. by utilizing our network.”
Delta will closely work with the US-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Japan to support various exchange programs for both Japanese and American youth for the TOMODACHI Initiative. The first Delta sponsored project is to send selected Japanese university students to former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative University, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri this year.
About TOMODACHI Initiative
TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership that supports Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties, and deepen the friendship between the United States and Japan over the long-term.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and 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 15,000 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. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.