Delta Air Lines Says Thanks to Alaska Village

Gifts and EMT Support for Town that Welcomed Unscheduled Landing



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Delta Air Lines, Inc.

    ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:   DAL) is saying a
 big "thank you" to an Alaska town that gave a gracious welcome to a Delta
 flight diverted there in a precautionary landing on March 23.
     Residents of Cold Bay, Alaska, -- population 69 -- took 220 passengers and
 crew members into their homes, cooked breakfast and provided blankets after
 Delta Flight 79, a McDonnell-Douglas 11 (MD-11) aircraft, made an unscheduled
 stop at the Alaska Peninsula village en route to Tokyo from Los Angeles.
     "Cold Bay provided a very warm welcome to our passengers and crew," said
 Mac Armstrong, Delta's executive vice president - operations.  "The residents
 went out of their way to be helpful and treat everyone on Flight 79 like old
 friends.  We would like to extend a little Delta hospitality in return."
     The town sent both its school buses, joined by volunteers with minivans,
 to the local airfield and shuttled passengers to the Cold Bay School gym, the
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service housing, and the two local inns.  A number of
 passengers traveling with children were welcomed into nearby homes, while
 several Cold Bay residents stayed up all night cooking biscuits, bacon, salmon
 and rice for the travelers.
     In gratitude for the town's hospitality, Delta will provide $7,000 to
 enable Cold Bay to receive a matching grant from the state of Alaska for a new
 two-way radio system for local emergency medical technicians (EMT).  Delta
 also sent a gift of 50 cases of fresh fruit and vegetables not grown on the
 windswept tundra and will send Delta T-shirts for the kids at Cold Bay School.
     Jim Zerbe, Delta's station manger in Anchorage, will present a check to
 the mayor, as well as a plaque officially thanking the people of Cold Bay, in
 a ceremony this week.
     Cold Bay has a 10,000-foot runway dating back to World War II days, when
 the location was used as a military staging point.  Today, the runway is an
 alternate landing site for the space shuttle.
 
 

SOURCE Delta Air Lines, Inc.
    ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:   DAL) is saying a
 big "thank you" to an Alaska town that gave a gracious welcome to a Delta
 flight diverted there in a precautionary landing on March 23.
     Residents of Cold Bay, Alaska, -- population 69 -- took 220 passengers and
 crew members into their homes, cooked breakfast and provided blankets after
 Delta Flight 79, a McDonnell-Douglas 11 (MD-11) aircraft, made an unscheduled
 stop at the Alaska Peninsula village en route to Tokyo from Los Angeles.
     "Cold Bay provided a very warm welcome to our passengers and crew," said
 Mac Armstrong, Delta's executive vice president - operations.  "The residents
 went out of their way to be helpful and treat everyone on Flight 79 like old
 friends.  We would like to extend a little Delta hospitality in return."
     The town sent both its school buses, joined by volunteers with minivans,
 to the local airfield and shuttled passengers to the Cold Bay School gym, the
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service housing, and the two local inns.  A number of
 passengers traveling with children were welcomed into nearby homes, while
 several Cold Bay residents stayed up all night cooking biscuits, bacon, salmon
 and rice for the travelers.
     In gratitude for the town's hospitality, Delta will provide $7,000 to
 enable Cold Bay to receive a matching grant from the state of Alaska for a new
 two-way radio system for local emergency medical technicians (EMT).  Delta
 also sent a gift of 50 cases of fresh fruit and vegetables not grown on the
 windswept tundra and will send Delta T-shirts for the kids at Cold Bay School.
     Jim Zerbe, Delta's station manger in Anchorage, will present a check to
 the mayor, as well as a plaque officially thanking the people of Cold Bay, in
 a ceremony this week.
     Cold Bay has a 10,000-foot runway dating back to World War II days, when
 the location was used as a military staging point.  Today, the runway is an
 alternate landing site for the space shuttle.
 
 SOURCE  Delta Air Lines, Inc.