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Delta History

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Delta's 88 years of service

Discover the unique stories and culture of a company that grew from a crop-dusting operation to a global airline serving more than 300 destinations on six continents. 

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Founder

Founder C.E. Woolman established the "Delta difference": "There is only about two percent difference between success and failure — and that two percent is the determination and singleness of purpose that makes us do things. Without it, we are just another airline — with it, nothing can stop us."

C.E. Woolman's most famous quotes.

Headquarters

Delta’s 1940s headquarters are the oldest surviving buildings of the Atlanta airport. Designated a Historic Aerospace Site in 2011. Learn more.

January 1:

First U.S. airline to ban smoking on all flights worldwide in 1995.

January 5: 
MD-88 service takes off in 1988.

January 10: 
Lockheed 10 Electra flies in 1936. 

January 18: 
Crop duster donated to Air&Space Museum in 1968, in memory of C.E. Woolman.