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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today issued the following statement in support of Aerolineas Argentinas' signing of an agreement to join the SkyTeam global airline alliance in 2012.

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"Delta looks forward to having Aerolineas Argentinas as a strong and valued SkyTeam partner in the Americas.  Aerolineas Argentinas' revitalization plan is on track as it modernizes its fleet, adds service to its regional and international networks and improves customer service," said Christophe Didier, Delta's staff vice president of Sales in Latin America and the Caribbean.  "Aerolineas Argentinas will perfectly complement our worldwide alliance as it transforms its operation, and all SkyTeam members stand ready to provide any assistance to make this a smooth and speedy process."

Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, will become SkyTeam's second major partner in Latin America, complementing founding member Aeromexico, which offers services across the region.  Aerolineas will be SkyTeam's first South American member.

Through direct services by Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia and Delta to Buenos Aires, SkyTeam already offers Argentinean customers daily access to North America and Europe, with convenient connections to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The extensive domestic and regional service of Aerolineas Argentinas brings 38 new destinations to the SkyTeam network, including Cordoba, Mendoza, Asuncion and Montevideo. With Buenos Aires serving as a Latin American hub with flights to and from key destinations in the region, SkyTeam customers will benefit from improved access to the southern part of South America and Patagonia in particular, popular destinations with travelers from all over the world.

More information on Aerolineas Argentinas and SkyTeam are available in the SkyTeam news release.

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem frequent flyer miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers over 420 lounges worldwide. The 13 members are Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, TAROM and Vietnam Airlines. SkyTeam offers its 385 million annual passengers a worldwide system of over 12,500 daily flights to 898 destinations in 169 countries. SkyTeam celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010. www.skyteam.com

About Delta

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 358 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. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

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