ATLANTA, Oct. 27, 2011— Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) announced that it has joined forces with several organizations across Latin America to support the fight against breast cancer. Delta’s has a longstanding commitment to supporting the fight against breast cancer, and has raised more than $3.5 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Delta's donations to the BCRF have funded the work of 12 researchers committed to finding a cure for breast cancer.
“We are proud of the work Delta is doing at a global level, and we wanted to show our commitment to the countries we serve in Latin America. Our local teams partnered with key organizations to help raise awareness about the importance of early detection, while supporting fundraising efforts that are fundamental for these groups and the continuation of their important work,” indicated Nicolas Ferri, vice president of Delta for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Among some of the activities that Delta has supported during this month include the Nestle’s Together for the Cure Walk/Race across Central America and the Lima Municipality Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in Peru.
Nestle’s Together for the Cure Walk/Race
Delta donated airline tickets for the winners of the race conducted on Oct. 15 in Costa Rica, and on Oct. 16 in Honduras, Panama, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Funds raised during these events were donated to local institutions that provide support for breast cancer patients.
City of Lima Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Delta also donated one round-trip ticket to Atlanta to enable a low-income breast cancer patient to get medical treatment in the United States. This patient was diagnosed through the City of Lima free screening campaign this month.
In addition, Delta flew its “Pink Plane” to the Ezeiza Airport at the beginning of the year to support the Argentinean Movement to Help Breast Cancer Patients (Movimiento Ayuda Cáncer de Mama Argentina). The Pink Plane also is expected to visit Santiago, Chile, in November to support the work of Corporación YO MUJER, a Chilean organization that supports early detection, education and emotional support for breast cancer patients.
Delta's international "Pink Plane," is a Boeing 767-400 featuring the Breast Cancer Research Foundation trademark of a pink ribbon logo on its tail and adjacent to the boarding door. It has carried nearly 150,000 customers and flown nearly 6,000 hours – or approximately 104 trips around the world – since May 2010. The aircraft flies international routes, helping raise awareness for BCRF in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Brazil. Delta's international pink plane replaced the pink-and-white Boeing 757 that between 2005 and 2010 flew throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean to generate awareness for the cause.
Throughout the month of October, Delta employees and crew wore pink uniforms and sold pink lemonade onboard and in Delta Sky Clubs to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research. All proceeds benefit BCRF.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 338 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-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 $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.