NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2003—Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) President & COO Frederick Reid and Song, Delta’s new low-fare subsidiary, President, John N. Selvaggio, will jointly ring The Opening Bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, August 20 at 9:30 a.m. Reid and Selvaggio are visiting the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of Song’s introducing service to all three major New York metropolitan area airports.
Delta has had a long relationship with the New York Stock Exchange, having traded on the Exchange for 45 years, a milestone we celebrated last year, said Reid. Today we are proud to celebrate another milestone, Song’s serving all three major New York area airports; Song is the only low-fare service to do so.
Following the ringing of The Opening Bell, Song will conduct a demonstration of their in-flight entertainment system, which will be introduced throughout Song’s Boeing 757 fleet beginning in October. Song is partnering with Matsushita Avionics Systems and EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) and its DISH Network? satellite TV service to provide a complement of on-board amenities, which when fully implemented, will include: personal video monitors at every seat; 24 channels of all-digital, satellite broadcast programming; digitally-streamed MP3 programming; pay-per-view on-demand video programming; multi-player interactive games that allow play between passengers; and interactive iXplor moving map program with zoom capabilities and points of interest information and connecting gate information broadcast directly to personal in-seat video monitors.
We are very excited to be flying out of all three major New York area airports, making Song the convenient choice for low-fare, high quality air travel, said Selvaggio. Beginning in October, we will offer our customers the most advanced in-flight entertainment technology available, giving them greater choices on board that will enrich their travel experience and fit their individual and ever changing needs.
Song is an innovative low-fare service, providing non-stop flights between the Northeast and key Florida leisure destinations, plus Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Juan. Song, which now services all three major New York metropolitan area airports - JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia, will eventually offer more than 142 daily flights on 36 Boeing 757 aircraft. All Song flights are operated by Delta Air Lines.
Delta Air Lines, the world’s second largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offers 5,813 flights each day to 447 destinations in 81 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Express, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection and Delta`s worldwide partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services.