NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced a new global partnership designating Delta as the Official Airline of amfAR in 2011. The partnership aligns the carrier with one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.

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"Delta is honored to become the official airline of the one of the most recognized and important organizations fighting the AIDS epidemic worldwide," said Gail Grimmett, Delta Senior Vice President – New York.  "Delta is privileged to bring even greater awareness to this critical issue by helping amfAR extend their outreach, ensuring that critical research continues to be shared around the globe."

Delta will join amfAR at tomorrow's amfAR New York Gala, where the organization will officially announce the partnership.  Through the agreement, Delta will support events both domestically as well as some of Delta's key international markets, including São Paulo, Paris, Milan and Nice.  

"We're delighted and very grateful that Delta has signed up to be our global partner and Official Airline for 2011," said Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR's Chief Executive Officer. "This partnership will help us expand the reach of our programs and enhance our fund-raising capacity so that we can make further strides toward bringing this deadly global epidemic to an end,"

Originally formed as a union between the AIDS Medical Foundation in New York and the National AIDS Research Foundation in Los Angeles, amfAR awarded its first research grants in 1986. In 2011, amfAR commemorates its 25th year at the forefront of the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.

About amfAR

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.  Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $325 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

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 351 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 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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