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Delta, Like Ford, Offering Computers

February 4, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines announced Friday it is making home computers and reduced-cost Internet connections available to its 72,000 employees for a low monthly fee.

The program is similar to one announced a day earlier by Ford Motor Co., which offered computers to its 350,000 workers worldwide.

``We believe that personal computers are not only basic business machines, they are also excellent and essential communications tools for the 21st century,″ said Delta chairman Leo F. Mullin.

PeoplePC Inc. of San Francisco is coordinating the program for both Ford and Delta.

Delta said it has not yet selected a supplier for the hardware, which will include a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. For about $12 a month for 36 months, employees will get the hardware, technical support and Internet access and access to Delta’s intranet, an internal, corporate Web site.

For employees who already have home computers, Delta will provide free access to the Internet and the company’s intranet, Mullin said.

Delta spokesman John Kennedy said the computers will allow Delta’s ``huge absentee work force,″ which includes pilots and flight attendants, to access company information from home.

Ford’s program, which includes a computer, color printer and Internet access, will cost employees $5 a month.

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