NEW YORK and ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines, through the Delta Air Lines Foundation, today announced a $100,000 gift to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
This donation is in addition to Delta's long-standing agreement with the American Red Cross to provide complimentary cargo and passenger capacity, if needed, to help move relief supplies and workers to and from disaster areas around the world.
"New York and the Northeast part of the country are a core part of our global network, and we are committed to finding ways to help those in need following this devastating hurricane," said Gail Grimmett, Delta's senior vice president – New York. "Delta's more than 7,000 employees in New York, backed by the support of our 80,000 worldwide, are rallying to make a difference and help rebuild our communities."
In addition, Delta customers can donate SkyMiles to the American Red Cross through Delta's SkyWish program. Delta actively supports this and other charities in enabling the donation of miles to help support worthy causes.
Delta Air Lines has been a frequent supporter of the Red Cross through financial donations and blood drives. Delta employees are the largest blood donor in the Southeastern U.S. The Red Cross often moves volunteers to the scene of disasters using donated SkyMiles, and Delta employees have volunteered for the Red Cross in the wake of many large disasters.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology, won the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey and was the recipient of 12 Executive Travel Magazine Leading Edge Awards for U.S. airlines. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 314 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 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-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines