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Delta Adds Two Sales Directors for the West Coast Region


LOS ANGELES and SEATTLE, Aug. 13, 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) added sales director positions in Los Angeles and Seattle to continue strengthening its West Coast network by offering dedicated professional sellers under the two new leadership roles with a specific focus on the needs of the region.

Tony Gonchar joined Delta as director – Pacific Northwest Sales and will lead Delta’s sales portfolio growth and continued performance in Delta’s Seattle hub. Tony brings 32 years of experience to Delta, including 13 years in the travel industry, with a focus primarily on traditional and online travel management companies. Most recently, Tony served as vice president – Consumer Travel Network for American Express Travel. In this role, he had P&L responsibility for the Representative Travel Network Franchise, comprising 115 U.S. travel agencies, 325 branches, 4,500 agents, and gross revenue of more than $5 billion. Tony also served as EVP – Global Sales and Marketing for Virtuoso, overseeing the $4 billion revenue luxury travel consortia of 300 agencies in 22 countries. As a resident of Seattle since 1990, Tony also brings extensive local market knowledge of the city, state and the travel community Michelle Lee was recently promoted to director – Southwest Region Sales for Delta and will lead corporate and agency portfolios, including the entertainment industry in southern California and the technology industry in the fast-growing Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach regions. With more than 25 years of experience at Delta, as well as Carlson Wagonlit and National Car Rental, Michelle has developed deep relationships with major corporate and agency clients in the region. She has led cross-sales channel initiatives in the southwestern U.S. marketplace and played a key role in launching Delta’s West Coast Shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Michelle lives in Los Angeles and will continue to bring her customer-centric leadership to accounts throughout the region.

By December, Delta will offer 95 peak-day departures to 33 destinations, making it Seattle's fastest-growing airline and has invested $15 million in its facilities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including its Delta Sky Club and recently completed lobby renovations and enhancements to the international arrivals area.

In Los Angeles, Delta already offers more than 142 peak-day departures with nonstop service to 48 destinations and is making a $229 million investment to overhaul Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport which is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industryleading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 334 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 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 newly formed 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, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.

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