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Delta Air Lines is one of the major airlines in the United States and a legacy carrier headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the oldest operating airline in the US and the seventh-oldest operating worldwide. Delta, along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates, including Delta Connection, operates over 5,400 flights daily and serves 325 destinations in 52 countries on six continents. Delta is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. As of the end of 2022, it had 90,000 employees. Delta has nine hubs, with the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the largest in terms of total passengers and number of departures. It is ranked second among the world’s largest airlines by the number of passengers carried, passenger miles flown, and fleet size.

it is ranked first by revenue for commercially owned airline companies as well as in brand value, and 113th on the Fortune 500. Delta Air Corporation secured an airmail contract in 1934 and began doing business as Delta Air Lines over Mail Route 24, stretching from Fort Worth, Texas, to Charleston, South Carolina. Delta moved its headquarters from Monroe, Louisiana, to its current location in Atlanta in 1941. The company’s name officially became Delta Air Lines in 1945. In 1946, the company commenced regularly scheduled freight transport.

1949, the company launched the first discounted fares between Chicago and Miami. 1953, the company launched its first international routes after the acquisition of Chicago and Southern Air Lines. 1959, it was the first airline to fly the Douglas DC-8. In 1960, it was the first airline to fly Convair 880 jets. In 1964, it launched the Deltamatic reservation system using computers in the IBM 7070 series. 1965, Delta was the first airline to fly the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. Delta Airlines announced the acquisition of Northwest Airlines on April 14, 2008. The acquisition was approved and finalized on October 29, 2008. Northwest Airlines continued to operate as a subsidiary of Delta until December 31, 2009, when its operating certificate was merged with Delta’s. completed the integration with Northwest on January 31, 2010, when their computer reservations system and websites were combined, and the Northwest Airlines brand was retired.

Delta One is the airline’s top-tier business class product, available on long-haul international flights and transcontinental service from New York–Kennedy to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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