MIAMI (December 1, 2011) - Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) was welcomed as the newest Associate Member of ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association), thus joining the growing number of international carriers that are committed to establishing closer relationships and expanding their business in the Region.
"Delta's improved service, product and partnerships show that we are committed to the Latin America markets. Becoming an ALTA member continues to cement the connection with the Region. We are now better positioned than ever to meet our goal of becoming the best U.S. carrier in Latin America," said Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines president, during the recently held 8th ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Rio de Janeiro.
Alex de Gunten, executive director of ALTA, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Delta Air Lines into the roster of Associate members at ALTA. Delta's dedication to Latin America is quite evident as the airline keeps expanding its service and participation in the Region. Delta has grown 43% in Latin America since 2005. Working together for a safer, more efficient aviation industry in the region will help ensure its continued Latin American success."
ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) is a private, non-profit organization, whose member airlines represent more than 90 percent of the region's commercial air traffic. ALTA coordinates the collaborative efforts of its members in order to facilitate the development of safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region for the mutual benefit of the association's members, their customers and the industry. Visit ALTA at www.alta.aero.
Member Airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Aerosur, Air Jamaica, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Bahamasair, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Cubana de Aviación, GOL, InselAir, LAN, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, LIAT, PLUNA, TACA, TACA Peru, TAM, TAM Mercosur, TAME, Volaris Associate Members: Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, TAP Portugal, United Airlines, UPS Affiliate Members: Airbus, Air Lease Corp., Airline Business Magazine, Amadeus, AON, ARINC, Ascend, ATR, AvGroup, Bain & Company, Barfield, Boeing, Bombardier, CFM, Chevron Aviation, Chromalloy, Embraer, GE Aviation, Hahn Air, HEICO, Holland & Knight, ILFC, Lufthansa Consulting, Lufthansa Systems, MARSH Aviation, Mercator, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, OAG, Petrobras Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Rockwell Collins, ROUTES, SABRE Airline Solutions, SH&E, SHELL Aviation, SITA, SNECMA, SpencerStuart, Superjet International, Travelport, Travel Guard, UATP, Wencor, Willis Aerospace.
About Delta Air Lines:
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 335 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