Friday, June 27, 2008

Delta Air Lines and American Red Cross Change Lives Together Through Expanded National Partnership

President and Chief Financial Officer Edward H. Bastian, Delta Technical Operations President Tony Charaf and American Red Cross Chief Operating Officer Kevin Brown will sign a national memorandum of understanding (MOU) Monday, June 30, strengthening the bond between the two organizations and outlining new opportunities for Delta employees, retirees and family members to engage in expanded Red Cross preparedness training, volunteering and financial support.

The signing ceremony will take place at Delta’s World Headquarters in Atlanta at approximately 11 a.m., June 30 followed by festivities for Delta employees, including Red Cross vehicle displays, volunteer-staffed information tables and food offerings from The Varsity. “In addition to raising much-needed funds to support ongoing disaster relief efforts, Delta and the American Red Cross’ expanded partnership will provide additional opportunities for Delta’s employees and retirees to become more prepared than ever to respond in the event of an emergency,” said Charaf. “Building on Delta’s long-standing and successful tradition of partnership with the Red Cross allows us to continue to improve the lives of others together.”

Delta Air Lines has been a frequent supporter of the Red Cross through financial donations and blood drives. The Red Cross often moves volunteers to the scene of disasters using donated SkyMiles, and Delta employees have volunteered for the Red Cross in the wake of many large disasters. This agreement formalizes that partnership and builds a dedicated system for Delta employees, retirees and families to help with disaster preparedness and relief. “This year’s record tornado season reminds us that it is vital for the Red Cross to have strong corporate partners like Delta,” said Brown. “We hope this agreement will boost Red Cross disaster response capabilities and provide members of the Delta family with the opportunity to prepare their loved ones for emergencies.”Highlights of the new Delta – Red Cross partnership, themed Changing Lives Together, include:

Opportunities for Delta’s corporate family nationwide to better prepare for emergencies with Red Cross disaster courses and online first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training;

Opportunities for Delta employees, retirees and family members nationwide to train and deploy as Red Cross disaster volunteers;

Web opportunities for Delta employees and customers to contribute to Red Cross disaster relief efforts, as well as other programs and services that support the life-saving mission of the Red Cross worldwide.

The American National Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its Congressional Charter, 36 U.S.C. § 300101, et seq., and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Red Cross provides services to those in need, regardless of citizenship, race, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or political affiliation.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 324 destinations in 62 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 43 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 600 weekly flights to 62 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 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. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 474 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at
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