ATLANTA, April 24, 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has been awarded the “Corporate Leadership Award” by the Hispanic Federation, one of the leading Latino organizations in the United States. As part of its mission of “Inspiring a New Generation,” the Federation decided to dedicate this year to honoring community leaders, media celebrities and corporate elites that have demonstrated outstanding support for programs and services for the Latino community.
“It's a great honor for Delta to be recognized by the Hispanic Federation. No matter how much we do for others, there is always more we want to do in service of our Latino communities,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta's vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. “We want to continue to support our legacy of cultural diversity, and to keep demonstrating that when we work with honesty, integrity and respect, success is easier to reach.”
Delta has supported the Hispanic Federation's efforts since 2012, and this year the Federation recognized the airline’s outstanding support of its Crear Futuros program, a youth educational initiative focused specifically on increasing college acceptance, retention, and graduation rates for Latino students in New York.
“I am filled with pride and gratitude in the face of the extraordinary support of friends like Delta, who honor the Federation’s 24-year history of service and inspire us to continue improving the lives of the people we serve,” said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation.
This year, Delta was named the “2014 Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World magazine, the first time in a decade that a North American-based carrier has earned the distinction. Delta was also honored with two top distinctions by Latin Trade’s Best of Travel Annual Awards 2014, leading the categories of “Most Improvement Overall” and “Best Partnerships and Alliances.” Delta is working to become the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean, continuing to grow in the region through its long-term exclusive alliance with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Aeromexico and Aerolineas Argentinas. Delta is committed to building a strong regional presence, an enduring global network, and a better overall experience for customers.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.