Delta Airlines began in 1924 as Huff Daland Dusters. The company began with a single crop duster that began carrying single passengers from one Southeastern state to another in 1929.
In 1928, Collett Woolman purchased the company and renamed it to Delta.
Today’s Delta is the result of numerous acquisitions of smaller airlines. Some of these include Pan American in 1991, Chicago and Southern in 1953, Northeast in 1972, Northwest in 2010 and many more.
Delta became an international airline in the 1970s when they began flying to Europe. The entire Pacific region was added in the 1980s. Today, the company flies to every continent except Antarctica.
The company received criticism after a flight attendant forbid a passenger from singing the national anthem when a fallen soldier’s body was loaded on the plane. Delta later apologized to the passenger stating that this was not corporate policy but a misguided employee’s mistake.
In 2018, Delta gave its employees $1.1 billion as part of a profit-sharing program. Due the coronavirus, Delta is offering credit to almost everyone. You can see their guidelines here.
Delta currently operates over 5,000 flights daily worldwide. Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia.