Sky Magazine, Delta Air Lines Onboard Monthly Publication Showcases Pittsburgh Region as 2012 Best of World Destination

PITTSBURGH – Delta Air Lines has teamed up with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, VisitPittsburgh, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to showcase the Pittsburgh region to Delta’s worldwide business and leisure travelers during the month of June 2012 in Sky Magazine, Delta’s onboard monthly publication. “Sky” reaches more than five million readers on Delta’s 13,000 daily worldwide flights, plus online visitors at World Wide Web Icon Delta's Sky Magazine.

The 16-page section, entitled “World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh: How Steel City Transformed from a one-industry town to a thriving, multi-faceted knowledge economy,” covers tourism opportunities, quality of life, and the region’s diverse economy, including existing and emerging growth industries.  Spotlight interviews include Pittsburgh-native and NBA team owner Mark Cuban and author and University of Pittsburgh graduate Michael Chabon, author of “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” and “Wonder Boys,” both filmed on location in Pittsburgh.

“We’re excited for this profile that will highlight the region’s successful business climate and diverse cultural environment.  The area’s businesses and institutions who advertised in the publication are evidence of the strong economic climate we have here.  I appreciate the relationship that we have with Delta Air Lines based on the growing number of flights they offer at Pittsburgh International Airport. We look forward to demonstrating to the millions of Delta fliers why this region is a great place to live, work and play,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

“Our city is drawing in more visitors than ever before,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.  “The international exposure Pittsburgh will receive in Sky Magazine will increase tourism here and promote Pittsburgh’s livability, our excellent housing and many business options.”

“The greater Pittsburgh region has drawn increasing global attention in recent years for a diverse economy that is outperforming the national average.  From advanced manufacturing, financial services and energy to health care and life sciences, and information and communications technology Pittsburgh is setting a standard for sustainable prosperity, coupled with a high quality of life.  We’re pleased that Sky Magazine is profiling our region,” said Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference and co-chair of the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh.

“There is no better place to visit than Pittsburgh and Allegheny County,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. “We’re proud to be rated one of the best places to visit in the world by National Geographic Traveler last year, and this year, our region is even more vibrant. The article in Sky Magazine demonstrates the many great assets we offer and what a terrific place Pittsburgh is to plan a meeting or enjoy your vacation.”

This summer Delta will fly 35 peak-day departures from Pittsburgh to eight destinations, including nonstop seasonal service to Paris.

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