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Delta Air Lines is an airline headquartered in the heart of Georgia, Atlanta City. It is an American airline that has over 5,400 flights daily. These include 334 destinations in 64 countries. This data is as of June 2015.

The Delta Air Lines is a member of the SkyTeam – an airline alliance founded June 22, 2000. Aside from being a member of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, it also has a joint venture with the Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia.

This airline is the oldest airline operating in the United States. The airline started since 1924 when B.R Coad and Collett E. Woolman thought of finding a solution to get rid of the boll weevil that damages the cotton crops. They have concluded that the best way to get rid of the boll weevil would be to dust an insecticide powder from the air.

Through this, the world’s first aerial crop dusting company, the Huff Daland Dusters Inc. was born. The company was founded on May 30, 1924, and their first headquarters was in Macon Georgia. But in 1925, they moved their company headquarters from Georgia to Monroe, Louisiana.

Woolman did not own the company. He was once an extension service crew of the company and left his position to go to Peru to help in the establishment of the crop-dusting services.

In 1928, Woolman went back to the United States and purchased the Huff Daland Dusters. He purchased the company on September 13, 1928, and renamed it as Delta Air service. The name was suggested by the secretary, Catherine Fitzgerald, referring to the Mississippi, Delta.

In 1930, the company started to expand their services to Atlanta and Fort Worth, Texas. However, the company’s passenger services were terminated as the company didn’t have the chance to get the commercial airmail contract.

But, the termination of services was postponed when the United States Congress enacted the Air Mail Act of 1934, where Collett E. Woolman set a low-bid contract for their 33 air mail services. The new routes were between Dallas and Charleston, South Carolina, via Atlanta, Georgia. In the same year, the company resumed their passenger services.

In 1941, the Delta Air Lines moved their headquarters back to Atlanta, Georgia. In that year, they remained to have at least ten flights daily and that include the three flights to Fort Worth, Texas; one flight to Birmingham, Alabama; two flights to Cincinnati, Ohio; two flights to Charleston, South Carolina; and two flights to Savannah, Georgia. New Orleans was added in 1943 and Chicago and Miami in 1945.

Delta continued to have their expansions and even added jet airliners to its fleet, the Douglas DC-8 until they became the United States’ first airline to operate the McDonnell Douglas MD-11.

Along with their expansions, financial struggles arose leading them to the decision to merge with Northwest Airlines and the most recent was with China Eastern Airlines.

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