What is Delta Airlines?
Delta Airlines (DAL) is a leading American airline that carries passengers, freight and mail across the USA and globally. Atlanta, Georgia is the company’s headquarters and the company’s largest hub. Generally, with over 800 mainline aircraft in the fleet, Delta Airlines serves 325 destinations in 52 countries. The airline makes more than 15,000 flights every day and carries over 180 million passengers annually. Delta Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam global alliance, comprised of 20 airlines.
What does the company do?
One of the major American airlines, Delta operates a fleet of 867 aircraft and has a team of 80,000 employees worldwide. The company’s key hubs and markets include: Atlanta, Amsterdam, Detroit, Boston, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Tokyo-Narita. The largest hub is Atlanta with 1,000 daily flights to 217 destinations.
A bit of Delta’s history
The company’s history started in 1924, when it was incorporated as a crop dusting operation and called Huff Daland Dusters. The airline flew a Huff-Daland Duster, which was the first crop duster that helped to fight the infestation of cotton crops. The company was purchased by Collett E. Woolman and got a new name – Delta Air Service. In 1941, the company relocated its headquarters from Monroe, Louisiana, to the current location in Atlanta. Delta continued to grow, constantly adding new routes and acquiring other airlines.
Who founded Delta Airlines?
The company was founded by Collett Everman “C.E.” Woolman, an aviation pioneer, who led Delta Air Lines from the first global crop dusting company to become a leading American scheduled airline.
A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Woolman attended the University of Illinois and got a Bachelor degree in agricultural engineering. However, his real passion was aviation.
In 1925, C.E. Woolman became the vice-president and field manager of Huff Daland Dusters. With a fleet of 18 planes, the company became the largest privately-owned airline in the world.
Current size, team and locations
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Delta Airlines operates more than 15,000 daily flights to the network of over 325 destinations worldwide. The company’s team consists of over 80,000 people, serving more than 180 million passengers annually.
Quick facts about Delta Airlines
- Delta SkyMiles was recognised the Best Travel Rewards programme by U.S. News for 2017–2018.
- Delta Airlines reported $3.6 billion in total revenue for 2017
- Delta Air Lines announced that the company’s 80,000 employees will receive $1.1 billion in profit sharing in 2018.
- In 2008, the company shot a safety video that went viral and got more than 1 million views. The flight attendant Katherine Lee, starring in the video, was nicknamed “Deltalina” due to her resemblance to Angelina Jolie.
How to learn the Delta Airlines share price?
Delta Airlines is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol DAL. It is a constituent of the DJTA and the S&P 500 market indices
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