After setting record-breaking 6½ hour transcontinental delivery flights, Delta promoted its DC-7 fleet as "America's Fastest and Finest Airliner."
Delta operated the world's first intercontinental DC-7 scheduled flight on April 1, 1955, with service from New Orleans to San Juan and Caracas. Luxury Interiors
Deluxe Douglas DC-7 aircraft carried passengers in all-first-class seating. The "luxurious interior" featured tan, turquoise and aqua fabric and leather accented in gold and silver. Gold window curtains depicted scenes along Delta's routes, "setting the mood for a Millionaire Dream Vacation in such gay holiday spots as New Orleans, Jamaica and Havana." Golden Crown Service
Delta introduced DC-7 Golden Crown Service in 1954, with extra onboard amenities, including a typewriter for the workaholics and a shaver for the last-minute arrivals. Royal Service
Delta launched industry-leading, luxury Royal Service with the Douglas DC-7 on September 22, 1958. Royal Service flights featured:
Model DC-7B Delta received its first DC-7B on June 14, 1957.
- Three flight attendants (instead of the usual two) for the "finest and the swiftest service available."
- Complimentary champagne
- A choice of entrées at mealtime, and canapés and cocktails in the afternoon.
- Muzak tape recordings played during boarding.
- Children received Delta's first "kiddie wings" souvenir pins. Junior Pilot pins for boys and Junior Stewardess pins for girls.
- At the airport, Royal Service customers had a special check-in desk and priority handling of bags.
The -7B model was slightly improved to allow either more range, with optional saddle fuel tanks in the engine nacelles, or more payload with increased gross weights.
Of the 21 DC-7 aircraft that Delta flew, 10 were Model 7Bs. Delta originally ordered eleven DC-7Bs, but when the airline took delivery of Douglas' prototype DC-7B it was certified as a DC-7.
Delta retired its last Douglas DC-7B in 1967.
- 1955 Golden Crown DC-7 Brochure: Promotes the DC-7 to Delta customers.
- 1954 Delta DC-7 Review Booklet: 45-page booklet introduces DC-7 to Delta employees outside aircraft maintenance and flight crews. Provides an overview of "the DC-7's operating functions related to sales features, passenger comfort, ramp servicing, cargo and baggage handling, and cabin service equipment."
- Boeing.com : Development and specifications of the Douglas DC-7