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Freedom Center Military Lounge Partners With Delta to Assist Military During Holiday Season

DETROIT, Dec. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Air Lines today announced their continued support for members of the military and their families traveling through Detroit Metropolitan Airport. For the second consecutive year, Delta will be the Presenting Sponsor of the “Holiday Military Salute” at the Freedom Center Military Lounge.

Delta’s support of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, Inc. makes possible a month-long Holiday Military Salute program at Freedom Center Military Lounge, located adjacent to Gate A-43 in the McNamara Terminal. As Presenting Sponsor, Delta is ensuring that military members and their families enjoy the comforts of a world-class military lounge, including complimentary soft drinks, coffee, juices, bottled water, snacks and sandwiches during their holiday travels.

“Delta Air Lines has been a wonderful supporter of Freedom Center since we opened our doors in November of 2011,” said Ken Pratt, president of Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, Inc. “Our lounge is greatly appreciated by the many military members and families every day of the year and especially during this holiday season.”

Since its opening, the Freedom Center military lounges have hosted more than 200,000 military, family members and veterans. The Holiday Military Salute program, which runs from December 15 through January 15, coincides with the busiest time of the year for Freedom Center.

“We are proud to continue supporting the Freedom Center with our Holiday Military Salute this holiday season,” said Andrea Newman, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines. “This world-class facility is a great respite every day of the year for members of our military and their family members, but especially during the holidays. Lounge staff and volunteers assisted nearly 6,000 members of our military and their family members last holiday season, alone.”

Freedom Center volunteers staff the lounge beginning at 6 a.m. until flight operations are completed for the day.

Delta Air Lines has been designated the Official Airline of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, Inc. In addition to the McNamara Terminal lounge, the non-profit group also operates lounges in Troy and Lansing, Michigan for the benefit of new recruits and their family members and will open a fourth lounge in the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on December 17.

About the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, Inc.: As a Michigan non-profit, MAFHC is dedicated to providing a world-class reception and hospitality station that meets the needs of in-transit military service members. Staffed by volunteers and supported by various organizations, we also welcome retired members of the military and our veterans. In addition, we welcome members of the military from allied nations. The Freedom Center is dedicated to “Serving Those Who Serve Us.” More information is available at: MIFreedomCenter.org.

About Delta Air Lines: Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 World’s Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fourth time in five years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 327 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 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 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 and LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.

Contact: John McCandless for Freedom Center: 313-610-5600 Catherine Sirna for Delta Air Lines: 404-715-2554

Source: Freedom Center