Delta Air Lines Supports Aviation Education

5th Feb 2004

Delta Air Lines` Technical Operations (TechOps) division donated a Boeing
727 auxiliary power unit and related tooling to the Aviation High School
in New York, as part of its continued support of technical and vocational
education in the New York City area.

Students at the Aviation High School Annex building, an extension of the
high school`s main facility, will utilize the donated unit for tear down,
inspection and re-assembly exercises to Honeywell specifications.

“Delta is taking a proactive role in helping to educate the leaders of
tomorrow in the numerous career opportunities in aviation,” said Ray
Valeika, senior vice president of Technical Operations. “Delta is honored
to offer these resources which are widening the door of opportunity for
future aviation professionals.”

Delta has an ongoing relationship with the Aviation High School. In 2001,
TechOps donated an RB211 engine so students could gain hands on experience
with current turbine equipment. Delta`s Line Maintenance employees at New
York`s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) also participate in an
ongoing internship program that allows Aviation High School Annex students
to work with Delta aviation maintenance technicians. Currently, 12
students are participating in the program, up from the nine students who
participated in the program last year.
“I can think of no better way to support the critically important job of
training the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians than to
donate time and resources to high school career academics,” said Jim
Maucere, vice president of Maintenance Base Operations. “This way,
students will get hands on experience in aircraft maintenance that they
otherwise might not be able to receive.”

As part of its commitment to New York, Delta recently announced plans to
expand its presence at JFK from 69 to 103 daily departures by September
2004. The airline also will invest approximately $300 million in its
terminal at JFK to upgrade systems and processes “behind the scenes” which
will enhance the customer`s travel and airport experience. Additionally,
Delta supports top cultural, sporting and charitable events around the


Delta`s Technical Operations Division, staffed by more than 10,000
maintenance professionals from around the world, provides maintenance and
engineering support services for Delta`s fleet of aircraft in addition to
a number of customer aircraft. Services range from project engineering to
comprehensive turnkey agreements that provide all aircraft maintenance
services to its customers.
Delta Air Lines is proud to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2004. As the
world`s second largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the
leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, Delta offers 7,664 flights each
day to 497 destinations in 84 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle,
Delta Connection and Delta`s worldwide partners. Delta`s wholly owned
subsidiary, Comair, was the first U.S. airline to operate with regional
jets, and its Delta Connection carriers operate the largest US regional
jet fleet program. 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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