ATLANTA, June 9, 2006 – Delta is recalling between 60 and 70 furloughed pilots this summer as the airline restructures its network to improve revenue and better meet customers’ domestic and international travel needs.
“We’re pleased that Delta’s network and revenue improvement initiatives are affording us the opportunity to bring furloughed pilots back to Delta,” said Gary Beck, senior vice president – Flight Operations. “Recalling these pilots will help us meet new schedule demands and add flexibility to ensure a smooth, reliable, on-time operation, something we know our customers value.”
The recalled pilots will begin training in late June and will return to line flying for Delta in late summer.
With the June schedule, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers will serve more domestic destinations than any U.S. carrier and on June 29 will become the only U.S. airline to serve all 50 states with the introduction of new nonstop ASA service between Atlanta and Wilmington, Del.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is one of the world’s fastest growing international carriers with more than 50 new international routes added in the last year. Delta offers flights to 460 destinations in 97 countries on Delta, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. As the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe, Delta offers customers more weekly flights between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel than any other global airline, including service on 11 new trans-Atlantic routes launched since March. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with nearly 40 new routes announced in the last year. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 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. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.