ATLANTA, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has detailed its environmental, safety and community performance over the past two years with its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, now available at

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The report is the first overview of the airline's corporate responsibility efforts since Delta's merger with Northwest Airlines.

"This report makes it clear that we have an ongoing, everyday commitment to the environment, the communities we serve, the safety of our employees and customers and to holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards," said Helen Howes, Delta's managing director – Safety Health and Environment. "We're proud of the progress we've made, but are also committed to achieving even more in the months and years ahead."

Milestones highlighted in the 2009 report include:

  • A reduction in annual CO2 emissions of 16.5 million metric tons since 2000 – the equivalent of taking more than 2.9 million passenger cars off the road for a year.

  • The implementation of the industry's first comprehensive in-flight recycling program, which diverted more than 2,000 tons of waste from landfills.

  • A companywide recycling program that captured 58 percent of the two million pounds of non-hazardous waste generated by the airline in 2009, a 22 percent improvement compared with 2007.

  • A 10 percent improvement in Delta's occupational injury and illness rate. Delta also operates 12 workplace locations nationwide that have achieved "Star Status" awarded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program.

  • A continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity International in Delta's hub and key cities, with more than 2,200 employees involved in building houses in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, New York and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The full report is available at

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 351 destinations in 64 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 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at

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