In 1982, Delta employees, retirees and friends began collecting donations to purchase a plane for Delta in support of the company in the midst of a weak economy and poor economic performance.  The Spirit of Delta, as it was later named, has come to be a symbol for Delta’s heritage.

The Spirit of Delta was Delta’s first Boeing 767-200 aircraft and was purchased for $30 million.

Delta is bringing the Spirit of Delta to Los Angeles as it embarks on its final tour through the Delta system as a thank you to Delta employees for all of their hard work and dedication.  The aircraft will conduct a “circle flight” with employees, customers and representatives from local Delta-sponsored charities, including Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, St. Joseph’s Center for the Homeless and Ability First for the Disabled.

WHO:
Delta Salt Lake City Station Manager Cammy Bezold
Delta Vice President of Flight Operations Gary Beck
Delta Vice President of Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance Michael Quiello
   
WHAT:
Delta Air Lines brings Spirit of Delta to Los Angeles to operate “circle flight” for customers, employees and representatives from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
   
WHEN:
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
9 – 11 a.m.
   
WHERE:
Los Angeles International Airport, Gate 52 A

Note: Media must receive a gate pass from Delta in order to attend event, so please RSVP to 404-715-2554 at least one hour prior to event. Media are welcome to fly on the “circle flight.”

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