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Delta Air Lines Expands Opportunities for Diverse Business Suppliers; New Web site expands opportunities for minority, women-owned and small business suppliers.

ATLANTA, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is expanding its outreach to small, minority- and women-owned businesses as part of an increased commitment to enhancing the diversity of its business partners. The airline is using new web-based technology developed by CVM Solutions, LLC to broaden its search for diverse suppliers and to increase purchasing from certified business enterprises owned by minorities, women, veterans and disabled persons.

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Diverse businesses of all types can register online in the CVM supplier registration system at deltasupplierdiversity.cvmsolutions.com to make their businesses more readily available to Delta purchasing managers worldwide.

"This initiative is simply good for business," said Steve Gorman, Delta's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "It strengthens Delta's focus on the diversity of our suppliers to ensure that we are partnering with companies that reflect the global nature of our business. It also underscores our commitment to the diversity of communities we serve."

Over the next few years, Delta plans to increase development and mentoring of current diverse suppliers in an effort to help them gain more business in the future. The airline also is implementing a program to encourage its suppliers to broaden the diversity of their own business partners.

For more information on Delta's supplier diversity initiatives, please visit www.delta.com/supplierdiversity.

About CVM Solutions

CVM Solutions, LLC (CVM) is a leading provider of supplier management solutions covering centralized vendor management, supplier diversity, supplier risk management, and supplier performance management. CVM has worked with over 350 customers since the company was founded in 2002. The company's featured product, Supplier Central, is composed of technology, data, and managed services solutions. CVM's Supplier Central technology product is divided into 4 modules that are entitled vendor central, diversity central, risk central, and performance central. CVM provides data services that include enterprise supplier data with parent linkage, supplier diversity data, and supplier risk data. CVM also provides a set of managed services that round out the complete Supplier Central offering including supplier data and spend enrichment, supplier risk assessments, supplier diversity, and tier two diversity program management. For more information, please go to our website at www.cvmsolutions.com

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines, the world's No. 1 airline, serves more than 170 million passengers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 356 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of nearly 800 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France KLM. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com.

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