ATLANTA, April 1, 2011 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and the Durham Bulls today announced a partnership that makes Delta the team’s official airline for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
“Delta and the Raleigh-Durham community have a history that dates back more than 40 years, and we’re honored to continue that strong relationship by partnering with the Durham Bulls, a team with a rich history both in baseball and the community,” said Jeff Robertson, Delta’s vice president - SkyMiles. “Our new partnership with this great organization demonstrates Delta’s ongoing commitment to Raleigh-Durham.”
“The Durham Bulls players and executives are delighted to be partnering with Delta this season for trips within the International League as well as to the Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, the Triple-A National Championship Game in Albuquerque and the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas,” said Jon Bishop, Durham Bulls assistant general manager. “We always have a wonderful experience flying with Delta and look forward to this partnership with our official airline.”
As the team’s official airline, Delta will be featured on signs and scoreboards at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park during home games and will highlight its partnership with the team and fans on “Delta Day,” during the July 28 game against the Gwinnett Braves.
Delta also is bringing the excitement of the Durham Bulls to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where employees will be sporting Bulls caps and logos as they serve customers.
Delta’s sponsorship of the Durham Bulls complements other relationships Delta has established in the Triangle, including Duke University Athletics, University of North Carolina Athletics and the 2011 SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.
Delta began service at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 1970, and today is the largest airline serving the market. Delta has continuously operated flights there longer than any other airline.
Today, Delta offers 57 peak-day flights at Raleigh-Durham in its summer schedule, with service to 19 cities, including non-stop domestic service to Albany, N.Y.; Atlanta; Boston; Cancun; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis; Miami; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York-JFK; New York-LaGuardia; Orlando; Providence; St. Louis; and Tampa.
A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection carriers: Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines.
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 347 destinations in 64 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-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. Delta is investing more than $2 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.