ATLANTA and ITASCA, Ill., March 23, 2011 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Gogo® Inflight Internet, the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity, are partnering to support disaster relief in Japan, with complimentary access to the American Red Cross website on Delta’s more than 550 Gogo-equipped aircraft.
While inflight, Delta customers will be able to make donations to support those affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and Gogo will match inflight contributions up to $15,000. After clicking on the Red Cross banner on the inflight portal, contributions may be made at http://american.redcross.org/deltagogo-pub.
“To date, Delta customers have already donated more than 30 million SkyMiles and tens of thousands of dollars to the Red Cross to assist with the relief effort,” said Scarlet Pressley-Brown, director – External Affairs and Community Relations. “We are pleased to partner with Gogo to further those efforts as both our organizations are committed to helping the people of Japan recover and rebuild.”
“The Gogo inflight portal is the perfect platform from which we can help generate passenger donations to the Red Cross. We are grateful we can do our part to work with Delta and help those whose lives have been affected by the horrific earthquake and tsunami,” said Michael Small, President and CEO of Aircell.
Last week, in partnership with its customers and employees, Delta pledged $1 million in cash and in-kind support for disaster relief efforts in Japan, and made a $250,000 cash donation from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, Delta's company-managed giving system. To date, Delta and its customers have donated nearly 40 million SkyMiles to World Vision Japan through Delta’s SkyWish Asia program.
Delta began installing Wi-Fi on its domestic fleet in fall 2008 and today operates the largest fleet of Wi-Fi enabled aircraft in the world.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 357 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 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-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 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 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.
Aircell® is the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, Aircell revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering Gogo®, a robust Internet experience at 30,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops and smartphones, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo®, please visit www.gogoinflight.com. You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).