ATLANTA, April 25, 2007 – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its frequent flyer program, Delta honored individuals and partners who have made significant contributions to the success of SkyMiles during an event at corporate headquarters on April 20. The SkyMiles program is recognized as one of the longest-running and most successful airline loyalty programs in the world.

Additionally, the airline concluded the SkyMiles 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes with the support of Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and awarded Saturn SKY Roadsters to 25 sweepstakes winners.

“The SkyMiles program continues to serve as a significant component of Delta and a strategic part of our marketing plan,” said Jeff Robertson, managing director of the SkyMiles program. “I’m pleased to honor the dedicated employees, partners and customers who have helped to drive the longevity and success of the program.”

Delta’s most loyal and well-traveled SkyMiles member, David Shafer, was awarded special recognition at the ceremony based on his being a Delta Platinum Medallion member since 1994 and the SkyMiles program’s first 10 Million Miler. Additionally, internal recipients of the SkyMiles 25th Anniversary Special Recognition Award were nominated by peers and Delta colleagues in a company-wide selection process. The recipients were:

  • Cindy Chesna - For outstanding contributions to customer service and SkyMiles support
  • Rob Grady - For outstanding contributions to partnership and creating more, innovative ways for members to earn miles
  • Jim Hughey – For outstanding SkyMiles technology expertise
  • Kevin Pinto – For numerous years of outstanding contributions to the SkyMiles program
  • Debbie Schneider – For outstanding contribution as the liaison between SkyMiles, Reservation Sales and Marketing

“Through the years, the SkyMiles program has evolved to become one of Delta’s top purchase drivers, offering new ways to earn miles with our partnerships, growing network and international SkyTeam Alliance,” said Jim Whitehust, Delta’s chief operating officer. “We look forward to providing our members with additional mileage earning and redemption opportunities as we continue to expand the program’s reach to new destinations throughout the world.”

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The award-winning Delta SkyMiles program offers members multiple mileage-earning opportunities when flying Delta, Delta Shuttle®, the Delta Connection® carriers, Delta AirElite® and other SkyTeam® airlines. Additional mileage-building opportunities are offered through more than 100 partners such as the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express,, participating hotels, car rental companies, telecommunication services, restaurants, retailers and more. Now in its 25th year, the SkyMiles program received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 2006 Freddie Awards in recognition of its many contributions to the airline loyalty industry, and it was named “Best Frequent Flyer Program” for 2006 by Business Traveler magazine.

Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 307 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 60 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 31 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 600 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 456 worldwide destinations in 100 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

Terms and Conditions
No purchase was necessary.  The SkyMiles 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes is sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits. To review the rules, please visit © 2007 Delta Air Lines, Inc.

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