Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) returns for an eighth year as the Official Airline Partner of the 57th GRAMMY Awards®, which will be presented live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8.
As part of the partnership this year, GRAMMY-winning producer Ryan Lewis of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis flew from Seattle to Los Angeles earlier this week with Delta's "Innovation Class" mentorship program, which offers LinkedIn members the opportunity to brainstorm and network onboard with leaders in their industry. Lewis was paired with an up-and-coming musician on the Feb. 2 flight.
"Delta's longtime partnership with the GRAMMY Awards is a cornerstone of our ongoing support of the music industry," said Ranjan Goswami, Delta Vice President of Sales – West. "Delta works closely with the music community both on the ground and in the air, as we continue to cultivate strong partnerships with organizations like the GRAMMY Awards, build on our efforts to provide customers with the best entertainment options in-flight and grow our network of service to key entertainment-industry destinations."
Delta will host a private performance from two-time GRAMMY nominee Charli XCX at the airline's 5th annual pre-GRAMMY event on Feb. 5. Delta is also the Official Airline Partner of the GRAMMY Museum® and the MusiCares® Foundation, which is hosting their annual fundraiser, the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala, on Feb. 6.
Delta is a leader in bringing music to customers during travel through Delta Studio, the airline's industry-leading suite of onboard entertainment options, including thousands of songs, the latest movies, live satellite TV, HBO, SHOWTIME and games. Launched in 2014, Delta Studio provides free onboard entertainment via seat-back entertainment systems or on-demand streaming onboard Delta's Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft. Delta offers more in-flight Wi-Fi than any other carrier, with access to the service on all two-class domestic aircraft and more than 30 percent of its long-haul international fleet, which will be completely Wi-Fi-enabled in 2016.
The music of emerging artists and short-form content creators is delivered to more than 10 million customers per month through Delta Artist Spotlight, a music discovery platform launched in Summer 2014. The monthly program introduces new music to passengers through the in-flight entertainment audio channel as well as offering content selections for aircraft equipped with seat-back entertainment systems. British singer-songwriter Ella Henderson was featured in January, and Charli XCX will be highlighted this month.
From Los Angeles, Delta currently operates 154 peak-day departures to 48 destinations, including top music and entertainment destinations like Atlanta, Austin, Nashville and Seattle. Delta also operates eight daily transcontinental flights between Los Angeles and New York – JFK. Delta offers twice-daily service to London-Heathrow with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic; a third daily flight will be added next month. Last month, the airline announced plans to begin daily nonstop service to Shanghai in July. And earlier this week, Delta shared plans to introduce mainline Boeing 717 aircraft on eight of its 15 daily West Coast Shuttle flights between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports in June (with the remaining flights operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines).
At the airport, Delta travelers passing through Los Angeles continue to enjoy the benefits of the $229 million expansion and enhancement of Terminal 5 at LAX, scheduled for completion in May 2015.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. Additionally, 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 327 destinations in 59 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 key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle 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.
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