TEMPE, Ariz., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today welcomed a new partner to its Miles of Hope program with the addition of the national nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful. Miles of Hope gives members of the airline's frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles, the opportunity to donate their unused miles to five nonprofit organizations.
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is the nation's largest volunteer-based community improvement organization. KAB's network of more than 3 million volunteers and more than 1,200 organizations serve their communities through beautifying public lands, implementing local recycling programs, restoring vacant lots, preventing and removing graffiti, planting trees and creating community gardens.
"US Airways is thrilled to partner with Keep America Beautiful by providing an option for our Dividend Miles members to support grassroots environmental initiatives," said US Airways Director, Community Relations Kelly Balthazor. "Through this collaboration, US Airways and our Dividend Miles members will help more than 15,000 communities facilitate thousands of clean-up events, recycling drives, tree plantings and beautification programs that help make our communities better places to live, work and play."
To celebrate this new partnership, US Airways will match mileage donations to all five Miles of Hope partners. From April 9 through May 7, US Airways will make a 1,000-mile donation, up to 25,000 miles, for every 5,000 miles donated to any of the national nonprofit organizations served by Miles of Hope. Donated miles help each Miles of Hope partner fulfill their mission. The five partners include:
The American Red Cross – uses donated miles to transport disaster relief workers and support important disaster preparedness trainings that further develop the skills and expertise needed to respond to a major disaster;
Mercy Medical Airlift – provides long-distance medical air transport for all medically indigent, low-income and financially vulnerable patients using donated miles;
Fisher House Foundation – reunites wounded, injured and ill military members and their loved ones to directly promote the continued healing process of our military heroes;
Keep America Beautiful – donated miles will provide travel to KAB staff and volunteers, supporting more than 1,200 organizations serve their communities and local environments and
Make-A-Wish Foundation® – uses donated miles to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Nearly 900 million miles have been donated since the Miles of Hope program began in 1998. Mileage donations are accepted in 1,000 mile increments. Dividend Miles members can visit http://www.usairways.com/donatemiles to donate their miles or learn more about the Miles of Hope program. Customers who are currently not Dividend Miles members can also sign up at www.usairways.com.
In addition to its Miles of Hope program, US Airways fulfills its commitment to support its communities through support of a broad range of nonprofit organizations and employees' involvement through volunteerism and service on nonprofit boards. In 2011, this investment of time and philanthropic gifts totaled more than $7 million. To learn more about US Airways Community Relations, visit www.usairways.com/corporategiving.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.
About US Airways US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG)