Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is a commercial passenger-carrying airline which is currently
based in Atlanta, Georgia. Delta Air Lines offers flights domestically and internationally;
including, but not limited to: North America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and is the only
major United States airline that flies to and from Africa. Delta Airlines has recently
garnered the opportunity to become the world’s largest air carrier. On April 14, 2008 a
press announcement from Northwest Airlines (a major United States air carrier based in
Eagan, Minnesota) revealed that Northwest will merge with Delta Air Lines to form the
biggest airline in the entire world.
Delta was founded in Macon, Georgia in May of 1924 as “Huff Daland Dusters”.
Collett E. Woolman was one of several partners and helped to create the world’s first
aerial crop dusting company. After a year’s time, Huff Daland Dusters relocated to
Monroe, Louisiana. Woolman, a founding partner, bought-out Huff Daland Dusters in
September of 1928 and officially changed the name to “Delta Air Service” which was
inspired by the Mississippi Delta. Delta Air Service’s original route provided
transportation from Dallas, Texas to Jackson, Mississippi with satellites in Shreveport,
LA and Monroe, LA.
In 1934 Delta Air Service entered the air-mail service business. They transported
mail from as far as Fort Worth, Texas to Charleston, South Carolina. In 1941 Delta Air
Service was thriving, providing a plethora of options in air transportation. Again, the time
for a change in headquarters was at hand. Delta packed its’ bags and moved from
Monroe, LA to Atlanta, GA in order to place themselves in the center of their network
which now went as far north as Chicago, IL, south to Miami, FL, and began servicing
New Orleans, LA. The next major change was in 1953 when Delta Air Service bought