Santa Arrives on Delta Shuttle

3rd Dec 2003

Delta Shuttle will help Santa Claus deliver holiday cheer and presents to
thousands of New York City children today as part of the 30th annual
Operation Santa Claus, sponsored by the Community Mayors of New York and
New Jersey.

More than 4,000 children with special needs from the New York City Board
of Education`s Special Education Division will ring in the holiday season
at JFK International Airport`s Hangar 19 with Macy`s Day parade
characters, the New York State Pipe and Drum Corps and several superheroes.

Santa is visiting New York early this year to join Delta Shuttle and
community volunteers in celebrating the holiday season with local children.

“Delta is a strong supporter of the New York community, and it thrills us
to help bring cheer and joys of the season to some of the area`s
children,” said Ray Valeika, Delta`s senior vice president of Technical
Operations. “This wonderful annual event is possible because of the
unselfish cooperation and assistance of thousands of volunteers, all
motivated by the pursuit of bringing a little happiness into the lives of
those less fortunate.”

The Community Mayors of New York and New Jersey are supported by
volunteers from the New York City Police, the New York Fire Department,
the Port Authority Police of New York/New Jersey, the United States Secret
Service, the FBI, United States Customs Service Office, Department of
Sanitation, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, the United States Marine
Corps “Toys for Tots” program, Delta Air Lines and many others.


Delta Shuttle airplanes are equipped with all-leather seats and an average
of 36 inches of seat pitch. Each Shuttle flight offers guaranteed seating
for all passengers arriving at the gate at least five minutes prior to
departure. If a scheduled flight is full, Delta Shuttle will roll out
another aircraft within 30 minutes or award the passenger a free Delta
Shuttle ticket, pending air traffic control and weather. Reservations are
not required. For more information, go to .

Delta Air Lines, the world`s second largest airline in terms of passengers
carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offers 6,362
flights each day to 458 destinations in 82 countries on Delta, Song, 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. For
more information, please visit .


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