ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of #GivingTuesday, Delta is donating a total of 1 million miles to its U.S. SkyWish partners.
SkyWish is the charitable arm of Delta's SkyMiles frequent flyer program and allows Delta and its SkyMiles members to donate miles to charitable organizations worldwide.
"Giving Tuesday serves as a great reminder for all of us to come together and help those in need during the holiday season," said Tad Hutcheson, Vice President – Community Affairs. "At Delta, we are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live, work and serve throughout the year. Today, we encourage our customers to join in and give back through our SkyWish program, which allows customers to donate miles to organizations that matter most to them."
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back to others. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season.
As a global carrier, Delta is committed to increasing the sustainability of communities around the globe. Delta's focus is to make a difference in the communities where the airline's employees live, work and serve through its arts and culture, education, environment, health/wellness and military/veteran efforts. As part of this commitment, Delta Air Lines, The Delta Air Lines Foundation and Delta employees contribute time, energy and millions of dollars to a host of philanthropic causes.
Delta and its employees together donate hundreds of hours each year to community projects including building homes with Habitat for Humanity International nationwide, constructing a playground with KaBOOM!, donating blood to the American Red Cross and more.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta was named to FORTUNE magazine's top 50 World's Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fourth time in five years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 327 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 800 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 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 and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
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