ATLANTA, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines begins the 2013 baseball season enjoying relationships with nearly half of the league's 30 teams. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO ) Delta serves as the official airline of the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals and is a proud partner of the San Diego Padres. Delta also operates team charters for the Braves, Reds, Twins, Yankees, Mets, Pirates, Padres and Cardinals as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays. "Delta's customers include millions of baseball fans around the world and we're pleased to be able to work with so many teams," said Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president – Marketing. "Our MLB partners are a key component of how we support and reflect the passion of our customers." Delta has been partnering with Major League Baseball teams for more than 40 years, beginning with its longstanding partnership with the Atlanta Braves. In addition, Delta served as the official airline of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Delta was the tournament's preferred carrier for the more than 3,000 commercial flights needed for players, team personnel and tournament staff and provided 15 charter flights to transport teams between each round of the tournament. Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.