Airline's Assistance is Critical to Disaster Response
TEMPE, Ariz., Aug 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The American Red Cross recently recognized US Airways (NYSE: LCC) for its support of Red Cross disaster response work by naming the airline a 2011 Disaster Responder.
Red Cross Disaster Responders pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.
US Airways has been a partner and contributor to the Red Cross for many years. The Red Cross is able to gain a significant cost savings for mission-related travel, particularly during times of disaster, as one of the recipient charities of US Airways' Miles of Hope program. As a Disaster Responder, US Airways' support allows the Red Cross to more readily deploy volunteers and more effectively respond to the needs of those affected by disaster.
"Our employees and frequent flyers always ask how they can offer support following a disaster," said Julie Coleman, US Airways' director, community relations. "We're proud to partner with the Red Cross to provide travel assistance for relief workers so they can help those who are in need."
"Thanks to the support of US Airways and other organizations, the Red Cross has a reliable funding base for its disaster relief program," said Neal Litvack, Red Cross chief development officer. "This generosity enables the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster down the street, across the country and around the world, providing food, shelter, mental health counseling and other essential assistance to those affected."
For more information or to make a donation to support the Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation. US Airways Dividend Miles members can donate unused miles to the Red Cross by visiting US Airways.com (Dividend Miles >> Use Miles).
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,185 airports in 185 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. For two years in a row US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2011. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for the sixth year in a row. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. US Airways also ranked #1 among its competing hub-and-spoke network carriers for 2010 performance as rated by the Wichita State University/Purdue University Airline Quality Rating (AQR). For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG)
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org/en or join our blog at http://www.redcrosschat.org.
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