Raleigh and Durham Mayors Encourage Residents and Businesses to Open Up to Delta Writer

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Durham Mayor Bill Bell are encouraging Triangle residents to participate in interview requests for Delta Air Lines’ Sky magazine. The magazine is planning a 45-plus page editorial feature of the Triangle area. The feature will appear in the July edition of Sky and will be available on-board all Delta Air Lines flights, online at and in select bookstores throughout the United States and Canada.

The mayors are asking Triangle residents to open their doors and appointment schedules to accommodate Carsten Morgan, who will be writing the in-depth look at our hometowns through the month of April.

Don’t be shy; brag a bit, is the mayors’ implied message because potential visitors from across the globe will form a host of impressions and opinions from the piece that will be featured in the July edition of Sky magazine. Mr. Morgan will be touching on the following characteristics: an overview of economic development; the Research Triangle Park (RTP); life sciences; technology; Raleigh; Durham; culture; higher education; and healthcare.

“Sky will find that they could do a feature on the Triangle on each of these categories,” Mayor Bell said. “That’s how much we have got it going on.”

He also noted the perfect fit that Delta was doing this feature since it had just been announced as the Durham Bulls’ airline for the 2011 baseball season and that Delta employees at RDU are sporting Bulls’ caps.

Mayor Meeker said he welcomed this showcasing of America’s favorite of all the “best of” lists. “There is not a positive list in which we don’t appear at the top or very close to it,” he said. “I want Mr. Morgan to gain all the access he needs to tell the whole story. If he does, Sky readers will fully understand why we dominate in all quality-of-life categories.”

“Talent is what makes this region different,” said Charles A. Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, which promotes economic development for the Research Triangle region. “Our talented, creative people make our companies and our region one of the most competitive in the world. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to showcase them and promote our greatest asset.”

“The Research Triangle has a positive story to share and Delta Sky is happy to help tell it,” said Mr. Morgan, Sky’s director of City & Regional Sections. “This feature will engage and inform our millions of readers with new information on how the region is transforming itself through its residents, businesses and culture.”

Businesses interested in participating in this feature should contact Mr. Morgan at or at 610-438-1190.

About Sky

Each month, Sky features buzz makers around the globe in the fast-paced worlds of music, fashion, sports, television, film, business, politics and popular culture. According to MRI 2009 Doublebase numbers, the unduplicated net audience of Sky and NWA World Traveler is 5.3 million readers per month.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more destinations out of RDU than any other carrier. The Atlanta-based carrier serves more than 160 million customers each year. With it unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 350 destinations in nearly 70 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 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 14,000 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 45 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at