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Delta Air Lines, which traces its origins to crop dusters in the southern US, adopted its current name in 1928 and has grown into one of the airline industry’s iconic companies.
This decade, Delta has been buoyed by recognition for on-time flights and high customer-satisfaction levels. Its crews are easy to spot in newly updated uniforms by Zac Posen. Delta briefly became the world’s largest carrier following its 2008 acquisition of Northwest, although it was overtaken by United after that airline’s merger with Continental in 2010.
Delta recently reclaimed the title of world’s largest airline by revenue, at least during the second quarter of 2019. Delta also has long operated the largest airline hub in the world at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Here’s what else you need to know about Delta:
CEO: Ed Bastian
Destinations: 304 in 52 countries
Hubs: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Salt Lake City and Seattle
Focus cities: Austin, Texas; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky; Nashville; Raleigh/Durham and San Jose, California
Daily Departures: Around 5,000
Frequent-flier Program: SkyMiles
Frequent-flier Alliance: SkyTeam
Busiest Airports by Number of Delta Passengers in 2018
- Atlanta (81.98 million)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (26.06 million)
- Detroit (25.16 million)
- Salt Lake City (17.05 million)
- New York John F. Kennedy (16.63 million)
- Los Angeles (13.78 million)
- New York LaGuardia (11.98 million)
- Seattle (11.02 million)
- Boston (6.87 million)
- Orlando (6.30 million)
Source: Diio by Cirium
Delta’s Busiest Airports by Average Daily Departures in 2018
- Atlanta (918)
- Detroit (387)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (367)
- Salt Lake City (240)
- New York LaGuardia (218)
- New York John F. Kennedy (196)
- Los Angeles (147)
- Seattle (141)
- Boston (91)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (64)
Source: Diio by Cirium
Planes in Delta’s Fleet (Including Regional Affiliates)
- Boeing 777 (18)
- Boeing 767 (77)
- Boeing 757 (116)
- Boeing 737 (217)
- Boeing 717 (91)
- Airbus A350 (13)
- Airbus A330 (44)
- Airbus A321 (83)
- Airbus A320 (62)
- Airbus A319 (57)
- Airbus A220 (18)
- McDonnell-Douglas MD-88 (74)
- McDonnell-Douglas MD-90 (34)
- Canadair CRJ900 (158)
- Canadair CRJ700 (42)
- Canadair CRJ200 (119)
- Embraer E175 (106)
- Embraer E170 (22)
Source: Delta Air Lines 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019
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