Delta Airlines History
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Huff Daland Dusters Crop Dusting
Founded in Macon, GA
First Agricultural Flying Comany
Moves to Monroe, Louisiana
Operations range South to Florida, North to Arkansas, and West to California and Mexico.
Huff Daland extends dusting service to Peru.
Operates first international mail/passenger route on West Coast of South America for Pan Am subsidary Peruvian Airways.
C.E. Woolman founder of Delta Airlines leads movement to buy Huff Daland.
Renamed Delta Air Service, referencing the Mississippi Delta.
First passenger flights
Route from Dallas, Texas to Jackson, Mississippi via Shreveport and Monroe Louisiana.
Five Passengers and one pilot
Service begins to Atlanta
Passenger service is suspended from 1930-34 due to lack of mail contract.
Renamed Delta Air Corporation
Receives Air Mail Route 24
Begins operating as Delta Airlines
Offers first night service - Stinson Model A
First Delta Aircraft with two pilots
DC-2 and DC-3 introduced
Flight attendants added to flight crew
Headquarters relocated from Monroe, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia
Delta contributes to war effort
Helps train Army Pilots and mechanics
DC-3 Cargo Ship
Corporate name becomes Delta Airlines Inc.
Starts regularly scheduled cargo service
One millionth passenger
First airline with nonstop Chicago to Miami flights
Fleet totals 644 available seats
First US interchange service with TWA personnel flying Delta planes from Cincinnati to Detroit
Delta crew flying TWA ships to Atlanta, Miami, and Dallas
First coach service with discounted flights at night between Chicago and Miami.
Delta merges with Chicago and Southern Airlines
Delta has first international routes to Caribbean and Caracas
Called Delta C&S for 2 years.
Pioneers use of hub and spoke system.
Wins Atlanta to New York routes
Radar is installed into the noses of all planes
First airline to use Douglas DC-8 jet service
Red, white, and blue triangle widget becomes logo
Fist airline to launch Convair 880 jet service
Flies first non-stop service from Atlanta to Los Angeles
Links California and Caribbean with jet service from California to Montego Bay and Caracas
Delta DC-8 is first commercial plane to fly from Los Angeles to Atlanta in less than 3 hours
First airline with Douglas DC-9 service.
CE Woolman dies
Charles H. Dolson becomes 2nd CEO
Crop dusting division ceases operation
A reconditioned 1925 Huff Daland Duster is given to Smithsonian
Delta has an all-jet passenger airplane fleet
Boeing 747 service begins
W.T. Beebe becomes Chairman and CEO
Delta Dash begins
Northeast Airlines merges with Delta
Becomes major carrier in New York and Boston with direct routes from New York and New England to Florida
Begins operating Boeing 727
First airline to offer its own air express service
Called Delta Air Express
The Airline Deregulation Act passes
Delta begins trans-Atlantic service - Atlanta to London
David Garrett becomes CEO
50 years of service
Begins flight to Frankfurt, Germany
First to load 1 million passengers in one city, in one month. (Atlanta - August 1979)
Development of computer reservation system
Launches frequent flyer program (Changed to Skymiles in 1995)
Strengthens ties to regional partners through its Delta Connection Program
Begins service to Hawaii
Delta merges with Western Airlines
4th largest U.S. carrier and 5th largest world carrier
Delta's first Trans-Pacific service begins Atlanta -- Portland,OR -- Tokyo
Ronald Allen becomes CEO
Delta opens operations in Asia
First to offer MD-11 jet service
Delta, Northwest Airlines and TWA combine reservation systems. WORLDSPAN Travel Information Services
Delta purchases all of Pan-Am's Trans-Atlantic routes and the Pan-Am shuttle.
Largest acquisition of flight routes in history
Delta becomes a global carrier
Delta is named official airline of 1996 Olympics
First carrier to voluntarily ban smoking
Transports Olympic flame from Athens, Greece to Los Angeles
Delta starts low-fare airline Delta Express with service from Orlando, Fl
Leo Mullin is named President and CEO
Expansion of U.S. - Latin America routes
Delta purchases Boeing 777
Delta and SwissCargo forge the first international cargo alliance
First to install automatic defibrillators
BusinessElite section on plane is formed
Delta launches Skyteam - Global alliance with Aeromexico, Air France, and Korean Air
Delta.com is launched
Carries 120 million passengers
U.S. airspace is closed for 2 days following Sept. 11th
Delta carries Olympic flame from Athens, Greece to Atlanta, Georgia for 2002 Games in Salt Lake City
Kiosks are installed for check-in process
Delta, Air France, Alitalia, and CSA Czech Airlines are granted antitrust immunity for Trans-Atlantic scheduling and pricing
Delta launches Song a unique low-cost subsidiary airline
Industry leading check-in, technology used, lobby design, etc...
Code share alliance with Continental and Nortwest
Gerald Grinstein becomes 7th CEO
75 years of service
Returns traditional widget logo.
Customer service and ramp efficiency improved.
Northwest and Continental join Delta in Skyteam Alliance.
Operation Clockwork - largest single day schedule redesign.
Changes at Atlanta and Dallas / Ft. Worth restructure account for more than 51% of Delta's network
Largest 1 month expansion. 7 new Latin American and Caribbean routes.
Service to more destinations than any global airline with 124 non-stop routes and 41 destinations.
Announces plan to turn JFK into major international hub.
First service to South Africa between Atlanta and Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal.
Richard Anderson 8th CEO
Defeats U.S. Airways hostile takeover and emerges from bankruptcy on April 30th.
Trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France
European Union allows Delta to fly to London-Heathrow, initiated from Atlanta and New York
Acquires Northwest Airlines. Results in operations in every region in the world.
First to announce on-board Wi-Fi
Expands code share and marketing agreement with Alaska Airlines to increase connection across West Coast.
80 years of service
Only U.S. airline to service 6 continents
Non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia.
2 billion invested in upgrades to fleet for customer service.
Receives approval to begin international flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport
$1.2 Billion renovation and expansion of JFK airport.
Ed Bastian becomes CEO