America’s second largest airline: Delta Air Lines (DAL) (1924)

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It has 83,756 full-time employees. It was once the world’s largest airline and is currently the second largest airline in the world. Thesecond-largest airline in the United States by passenger trafficto United Continental Airlines.

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Delta Air Lines (DAL):

Delta Air Lines (Delta Air Lines) is a large American airline and the airline with the largest total domestic passenger mileage and passenger fleet. It is one of the founding members of the SkyTeam alliance and operates in 57 countries on five continents. With more than 247 destinations, Delta Air Lines and its subsidiaries have more than 83,000 employees, 900 aircraft, and 4,932 flights per day.

Delta Air Lines provides scheduled air transportation services for passengers and cargo worldwide. The company is divided into two major departments, airlines and refineries. Its routes include gateway airports such as Amsterdam, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-São Paulo, New York LaGuardia Airport, New York Kennedy International Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo Narita.

Delta Air Lines sells tickets through a variety of sales channels, including mobile or phone bookings, corporate website, traditional physical stores and online travel agencies. Delta Air Lines also provides third-party maintenance and repair services as well as crew, professional safety and training services and aviation solutions, as well as vacation packages, charter flights and aircraft management programs.

As of February 2, 2017, Delta Air Lines operated approximately 800 aircraft.

The history of Delta Air Lines (DAL):

  • On May 30, 1924, Delta Air Lines was established in Macon, Georgia. At the beginning of its establishment, it provided Huff Daland Dusters with agricultural pesticide spraying services;
  • On September 13, 1928, Collett E. Woolman bought the company and renamed it “Delta Air Service”;
  • In late 1929, Delta Air Lines carried out passenger transportation services;
  • In 1953, Chicago and Southern Air Lines (Chicago and Southern Air Lines), established in 1933, merged into Delta Airlines;
  • In the 1960s, the existing propeller aircraft were replaced with jet airliners;
  • In the 1970s, Delta Air Lines opened international routes and entered a period of competition with European airlines;
  • In 1972, Northeast Airlines, established in 1931, merged into Delta Airlines;
  • In 1987, Delta Air Lines acquired West Air, which was established in 1925, including its Standard Air Lines;
  • In 1991, Pan American Airlines, established in 1927, [1] merged part of its traffic rights and properties into Delta Air Lines due to bankruptcy;
  • In October 1996, Delta Express, a leisure and vacation route, started operating;
  • On April 15, 2003, Delta Air Lines established Song in order to compete with JetBlue Airways. It began operations on April 15, 2003, but the revenue was not satisfactory;
  • In November 2003, Delta established Song and Delta Express ceased operations;
  • On September 14, 2005, Delta Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection from the US government;
  • On May 1, 2006, Song merged into Delta;
  • On April 30, 2007, the bankruptcy protection was ended;
  • On October 29, 2008, Delta Air Lines acquired Northwest Airlines for US$2.8 billion and became the world’s largest airline at the time. Northwest Airlines continued to operate as a subsidiary;
  • In 2009, the merger process between Delta and Northwest was gradually carried out;
  • On January 31, 2010, Delta and Northwest Airlines (founded in 1926) completed the merger [2] , using the same reservation system and website, the Delta Club (Crown Room Club) and Northwest Club (WorldClub) merged into “Delta Feifan VIP Room” (SkyClub), Northwest mileage award program “World Perks” merged into Delta “SkyMiles”, Northwest Airlines brand officially entered history;

[Note 1] Pan American Airlines includes:

  • Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean Airways (Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean Airways): Established in 1927, merged into Pan American in 1928.
  • American Overseas Airlines: Established in 1937 and merged into Pan American in 1950.
  • American Airlines/American International Airways (Aviation Corporation of the Americas/American International Airways): Established in 1926, merged into Pan American in 1928.
  • American National Airlines: Established in 1934, merged into Pan American in 1980.

[Note 2] Northwest Airlines includes:

  • Republic Airlines ( English : Republic Airlines (1979-1986) ) : Established in 1979, merged into the Northwest in 1986.
    • Hughes Western Airlines ( English : Hughes Airwest ) : 1968 was established in 1980, incorporated into the republic.
      • Bo Nazha Aviation ( English : Bonanza Air Lines ) : Established in 1945, incorporated in 1968, Hughes.
      • Pacific Airlines: Established in 1941, merged into Hughes in 1968.
      • West Coast Air ( English : West Coast Airlines ) : Established in 1941, incorporated in 1968, Hughes.
    • North Central Airlines ( English : North Central Airlines ) : Established in 1946, merged into the Republic in 1979.
    • Southern Airlines: Established in 1944, merged into the Republic in 1979.
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