Delta History

  • woolman2_180
  • ATL_airport_and_DC-4_ca1946

Delta's 99 years of history

Discover the unique stories and culture of a company that grew from a crop-dusting operation to a global airline serving more than 275 destinations on six continents. See also Delta News Hub.

Take Off!

Delta was founded on March 2, 1925, as Huff Daland Dusters—the world's first aerial crop-dusting company. As Delta Air Service, the airline's first flights took off on June 17, 1929.


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.


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

May 1:
Chicago and Southern Air Lines merges with Delta in 1953. Brings routes to Caracas and the Caribbean.

May 1:
Boeing 777 service starts in 1999. 

May 15:
One-millionth Delta passenger flies in 1946.

May 15:
World's first Convair 880 jet service in 1960.