From the Delta News Network. No dates set just yet, but details are sure to be announced. She will be touring 11 stations around the system to Delta people to have a chance to ride her one last time. The system still shows her on a regular flight schedule around the system, so it may be within the next week, and then refurbishing her and putting her in the Delta Heritage Museum.
Delta is preparing to bring Ship 102, The Spirit of Delta, home. During his weekly update, CEO Jerry Grinstein spoke of plans to return The Spirit of Delta to the Delta Heritage Museum, where it will be on permanent display for Delta employees, retirees and their families to enjoy.
"The Spirit of Delta aircraft belongs to the people of this airline; we will keep it that way," said Grinstein. "Ship 102 is going to be accessible to those who helped build this company's foundation as well as everyone now working together to create a stronger, healthier Delta for the future.
CEO Jerry Grinstein's weekly update call:
Hello. This is Jerry Grinstein. Today is Monday, December 19.
On December 15, 1982, more than 6,500 Delta people gathered at the Tech Ops Center in Atlanta along with family, friends, and national and international media.
Almost 23 years ago to the day, they presented this company with a Boeing 767-200.
This state-of-the-art new ship 102, "The Spirit of Delta," was purchased with $30 million raised through an employee-led, grassroots effort known as Project 767.
It was spearheaded by three flight attendants and funded through voluntary payroll deductions plus support from retirees and friends.
Project 767 made history -- not just at our company but throughout the world – and particularly throughout the corporate world.
Then as now, it illustrates the unique culture of ownership and shared vision that has long set this airline apart from all others.
All of the other 767-200's that Delta bought have been sold – but not Ship 102.
Today, we are taking the first steps in a plan to preserve the Spirit of Delta by bringing it home to the Delta Heritage Museum in Atlanta.
Someday I'll explain to you why this was more complicated than you might at first think.
The aircraft will travel on a farewell flight barnstorming tour to 11 Delta stations, giving employees and customers one last chance to fly on a very special aircraft.
The Delta Museum at the general offices, a non-profit organization, is managing funding and costs through donations from company partners and friends as well as the volunteer efforts of Delta people.
If you'd like to participate as a volunteer -- from painting, refurbishing interiors, and preparing exhibits, and assisting with events on the Farewell Flights -- call the museum at 404-715-7886. To repeat, that's 404 715 7886.
The Spirit of Delta aircraft belongs to the people of this airline; we will keep it that way. Ship 102 is going to be accessible to those who helped build this company's foundation as well everyone now working together to create a stronger, healthier Delta for the future.
Thank you for all that you do.
However you might choose to celebrate this season – Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Boxing Day, Devali or any other way -- I want to wish you and your families a joyous holiday and a happy and successful new year.
That's it for this week.
I'll be traveling over the next couple of weekends, and I know you'll be busy, too -so please check back for my next scheduled update on Tuesday, January 3.
Thanks again for calling, and for all that you're doing for Delta.
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