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A Flight Through Delta Airlines History

1924

The company started as a crop dusting operation called Huff-Daland Dusters in Macon, Georgia.

The planes were used to battled the boll weevil infestation of cotton crops.

1928
Collett E. Woolman, an original director, purchased the company, calling it Delta Air Service.

1929
The first passenger flight took off from Dallas.

1941
Delta moved its headquarters to its current location in Atlanta.

1960's
Delta added jet airliners to its fleet with the Convair 880s.

1997
Delta broke a record, 100 million passengers in a calendar year.

Sept, 2005
Delta Air Lines filed for bankruptcy.

2010
Delta completes a merger with Northwest and the Northwest Airlines brand is officially retired.

2016

Ed Bastian, longtime Delta president, is named CEO. He replaced Richard Anderson, who retired.

Have you recently travelled? If so, you most likely have flown with Delta  (DAL - Get Report) , and if not, you are at least familiar with the popular airline.

But do you know the history of the airline and how it came to be one of the world's largest global airlines?

Well, let's go back.

It all started as a little aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in 1924. The planes were used to battled the boll weevil infestation of cotton crops.

Then in 1928, Collett E. Woolman, an original director, purchased the company, calling it Delta Air Service.

A year later, the first passenger flight took off from Dallas.

Now as one of the world's largest global airlines, it helps more than 180 million travelers get to the places they want to go to each year.

More recently, Delta Airlines reported a record second quarter for 2019 that beat Wall Street's estimates, with earnings boosted by strong demand.

Curious to learn more about Delta Airlines history? Watch the video above to find out more.

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