Also known as Delta Air Lines, Inc. and operates as Delta Air
Major United States airline, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Operates an extensive domestic and international network that
serves all continents (excluding Antarctica).
Delta Air Lines and its subsidiary airlines operate more than
5,000 flights per day; have roughly 80,000 employees.
Its main hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
is the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic (more
than 91 million passengers each year) and number of arrivals
and departures; Hartsfield-Jackson is additionally the home of
Delta TechOps, Delta’s Technical Operations Center.
Sixth-oldest operating airline by date of foundation, and oldest
airline still operating in the United States.
One of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline
alliance; the other three are Korean Air, Air France, and
Its loyalty program is SkyMiles.
Was the world’s biggest airline with respect to fleet size and
scheduled passenger traffic in 2011 and 2012, respectively; was
also the second-biggest airline with respect to revenue
passenger-kilometers flown in 2012.
Its regional services are served by Delta Connection.
Founded as Huff Daland Dusters, Inc., an aerial crop dusting
operation, on May 30, 1924 in Macon, Georgia.
Created with a Huff-Daland Duster, the first real crop duster, the
plane was deployed to combat the boll weevil in 1925; it was
owned by Delta Air Corporation (it’s now on display in the
Southern Museum of Flight).
Also in 1925, the company moved to Monroe, Louisiana.
On September 13, 1928, Collett E. Woolman, one of the initial
directors, bought the company, renaming it Delta Air Service.
Late in 1929, the company began carrying passengers; the
single passenger sat in a chair put in the bin, where the
pesticide was normally held.
The first routes were between Southern states.
Delta expanded with the addition of routes and the purchase of
other airlines; replaced propeller planes with jets in the 1960s
and entered global contest to Europe in the 1970s and across
the Pacific in the 1980s.
The Delta Air Lines logo, initially disclosed in 1959, is
suggestive of the swept-wing design of the DC-8 aircraft.
Often nicknamed the “widget” logo, the current vision is made of
two 3D triangles.
The current Delta Air Lines is the result of numerous airline
mergers over a period of over 80 years.
The October 29, 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines marked
the latest merger, forming the world’s biggest airline at that
Following the merger’s approval, Northwest continued to
operate as an entirely owned subsidiary of Delta until December
31, 2009 when the operating certificates of both carriers were
merged (Delta’s certificate was kept).
Delta finished the incorporation with Northwest on January 31,
2010 when their reservation systems and websites were
merged; the Northwest Airlines name and brand formally fell
Northwest Airbus A320, Delta Connection CRJ-200
Headquarters and offices
Delta’s business headquarters is housed in a business campus
on the northern edge of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport, within Atlanta’s city limits.
This site has served as Delta’s headquarters since 1941, when
the company moved its headquarters to Atlanta via
Apart from hosting Delta’s business headquarters, HartsfieldJackson is also the home base of Delta TechOps, Delta’s
Technical Operations Center, the airline’s main
maintenance, repair, and overhaul arm and the biggest fullservice airline MRO in North America; specializes in
engines, modules, airframe, and line maintenance.
Delta also retains a significant presence in the Twin
Cities, where it has more than 12,000 employees and large
business support functions in the Minneapolis area, like the
company’s information technology divisional offices.
“Upward & Onward”, Delta’s current livery, uses four colors.
It features a “widget” (triangle) on every aircraft’s vertical
stabilizer in reference to Delta’s origins as an airline in the
The former livery, “Colors in Motion”, used eight colors.
In 2007, after surviving bankruptcy, Delta introduced its current
The change from the former livery to the current livery removed
one day from every aircraft’s painting cycle, allowing Delta to
It took four years for Delta to repaint all of its aircraft, such as
aircraft inherited from Northwest Airlines, into the current
In 1959, the triangle logo, internally known as “the Widget”, was
While it was not part of the “Colors in Motion” livery, the triangle
logo returned with the current livery.
List of Delta hubs
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol*
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport*
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City)
LaGuardia Airport (New York City)
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport*
Narita International Airport* (Tokyo)
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Salt Lake City International Airport
*Northwest hub prior to Northwest-Delta merger
Former Delta hubs
Boston Logan International Airport
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Memphis International Airport
Orlando International Airport
Former secondary Delta hubs
Memphis International Airport
Portland International Airport (Oregon)
Besides its SkyTeam partners, Delta Air Lines has codeshare agreements with the following
airlines as of September 2011:
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Delta Connection CRJ-200, Newark Liberty