Starting today, Northwest Airlines flight attendants will greet passengers in their brand-new, freshly pressed Delta uniforms.
The step is the latest outward indication that massive merger between the two companies is proceeding on schedule.
This morning, Northwest employees will also learn first-hand a bit about the Atlanta-based Delta’s corporate history as well.
Delta will honor its latest family members with a fragrant nod to the company’s principal founder, C.E. Woolman. As veteran Delta flight attendants will recall (back then, the professional term was stewardess), Woolman was an orchid enthusiast, growing the temperamental flowers as a hobby.
Woolman would greet each graduating flight attendant class member by pinning a prized orchid on their lapels as a tribute to their achievement.
Today, Delta will continue the tradition for its newest Northwest employees with either an orchid corsage or boutonnière to wear on their new uniform.
In an accompanying note from Delta CEO Richard Anderson and Northwest CEO Edward Bastian, flight attendants will be informed:
As the integration of Delta and Northwest continues, we’ve already achieved a number of significant milestones. However, none of them demonstrates it better than today’s visible sign that the two airlines are now one, with flight attendants, pilots, ticket and gate agents wearing Delta uniforms, presenting a unified look to our customers. The merger of our companies brings together a rich heritage, traditions of excellence and a foundation for a successful future that is the envy of our peers.
Today we honor you, Delta’s future, with a bit of Delta history. We believe Mr. Woolman would agree that this is a significant day in our airline’s history, so we decided to carry on the tradition and help celebrate with a corsage or boutonnière for each of you. It also is a symbol of Delta’s values. One of our core values is to have good relations with our employees and the orchids offer us an opportunity to say welcome and thank you.
Having all of our employees in the same uniform is yet another sign that we’re all part of one great airline. ”
This being the South and all, Buzz humbly suggests when an Atlanta passenger spots an orchid-adorned employee today, why not welcome them to our fair city?
Playoff Seats Onsale
Here’s a phrase we haven’t been able to use enough during our tenure at Buzz Central: Today, Atlanta Hawks playoff tickets will finally go on sale for fans.
Starting at 10 a.m., tickets for first round playoff home games one, two and three can be purchased by visiting www.hawks.com or www.hawks.com/playoffs, calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, at the Philips Arena Box Office or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
Hawks Playoff tickets start at a measly $12.
“The atmosphere during last year’s Playoff series was electric and our fans have shown us tremendous support this season as well,” said Hawks Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tracy White in an email to Buzz. “This is an exciting time for the team as well as the city of Atlanta, and we’re looking forward to sharing the thrills of the NBA Playoffs with our fans.”
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