PARK CITY, Jan. 18, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced a four-year agreement making it the official airline of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).
As the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding, the
USSA is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding with more than 30,000 member athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.
“We are proud to support an organization whose aspirations and goals touch the competitive spirit in all of us,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s vice president of Marketing. “We are both striving to be recognized as hometown favorites who are fierce, international competitors.”
As the official airline of USSA, Delta will provide worldwide logistical support in delivering the team, coaches and equipment to their competition destinations both in the United States and throughout the world. Delta will have a presence at various USSA competitions through venue and on-course signage, sponsor announcements and kiosks giveaways.
Delta is proud to partner with many local ski areas and provides service to more than a dozen popular ski and snow boarding destinations from Salt Lake City. Upcoming opportunities include the Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in Park City March 28-30.
Delta will also pair team coaches and athletes with customers and guests as part of ski and snowboard clinics to be held at the competition venues. In addition, athletes will conduct meet and greets with customers and employees in select Delta Crown Rooms Clubs and airport lobbies.
"U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes compete in the most exciting action sports around the globe," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "Delta's global network will play a key role in helping our athletes achieve their goal of being best in the world."
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 321 destinations in 58 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 500 weekly flights to 63 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 485 worldwide destinations in 106 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.