Delta Air Lines destinations
Delta Air Lines is a major United States airline based in Atlanta, Georgia. The airline flies to 318 destinations, across all six inhabited continents. Delta operates a fleet of 722 aircraft with 4,804 flights per day. The airline has seven domestic hubs and three international hubs.
Delta operated its first commercial flights on June 17, 1929 service from Love Field in Dallas, Texas, to Jackson, Mississippi, via Shreveport and Monroe with three Travel Air six-seat monoplanes. Later in that year, service to Birmingham, Alabama, and Meridian, Mississippi, was added. In 1930, Delta expanded eastward to include service to Atlanta and westward to Fort Worth, Texas. Service was terminated in 1930 after the "Spoils Conference" and the Post Office awarded the route to American Airlines. In August 1934, Delta resumed passenger services, flying Stinson Trimotors, with a route from Charleston, SC to Fort Worth, with stops in Columbia, SC, Augusta, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Meridian along the way. In 1941, Delta moved its headquarters from Monroe to Atlanta, to center itself along its new route network that now stretched to Chicago, Miami, and New Orleans. By 1943, Delta expanded its route system to Cincinnati, Ohio, to the north, Savannah to the east, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to the south. Delta upgraded its fleet to include Douglas DC-2s and DC-3s, and in 1940 added flight attendants to the flight crews. Delta also benefited from "interchange service" agreements with TWA, National Airlines, and American Airlines, which allowed Delta aircraft to carry passengers to and from airports in Michigan, Florida, and California. In 1953 Delta purchased Chicago and Southern Air Lines with access to a Great Lakes route system in the upper Midwest and the Caribbean Sea. In 1955 Delta began routes to New York with extensions to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Maryland, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 1963, Delta entered an interchange agreement with Pan American World Airways allowing it to fly to Europe. By 1970, the airline entered the "wide-body" jet era adding routes to London Heathrow Airport. Delta purchased Northeast Airlines in 1972 expanding northeastern United States with routes to Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Miami, Florida. In August 1979 Delta was the first airline in the world to board one million passengers at one airport in one month (Atlanta). In 1984, the company established the Delta Connection linking feeder airlines that served mid-size population areas to Delta nodes. The same year, Delta began its first flight to Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii with L-1011 aircraft. Delta started its first transpacific service to Tokyo, Japan, from Portland, Oregon, on March 2, 1987. The following month, Delta merged with Western Airlines of Los Angeles and absorbed its large hubs at Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, which brought access to the West, Mexico, and Canada and made Delta the fourth largest U.S. carrier and fifth largest world carrier.
In 1990, Delta acquired Pan Am's East Coast and European routes (except its intra-European routes from Frankfurt), becoming the largest U.S. transatlantic carrier—a position it holds to this day. By 1997, Delta began large expansions into Latin America and the Caribbean. Delta maintained a secondary hub at Portland for its Asia operations. Destinations included Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Manila, Nagoya, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. Today, only Asia operations from Portland and Los Angeles are Portland-Tokyo and Los Angeles-Tokyo-Bangkok. Asian service is offered from Delta's Detroit hub to Beijing, China; Hong Kong; Seoul, South Korea; Nagoya, Japan; Manila, Philippines (via Nagoya); Shanghai, China; and Tokyo, Japan from Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Portland, and Seattle. Service from Atlanta to Seoul, South Korea (SkyTeam member Korean Air is currently the sole operator on the route); and Shanghai, China was suspended due to weak demand (Delta service from Atlanta to Shanghai, China resumed June 2011 but was terminated once again in January 2012). Currently, Delta serves Shanghai from its Detroit and Tokyo-Narita hubs and Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore from its Tokyo-Narita hub. The airline terminated service from Detroit to Hong Kong on August 2012 due to the airline's capacity cuts.
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- Downloadable Delta route maps
- Africa: http://www.delta.com/content/dam/delta-www/pdfs/route-maps/africa-route-map.pdf
- Asia: http://images.delta.com.edgesuite.net/delta/pdfs/Asia5_11.pdf
- Europe: http://images.delta.com.edgesuite.net/delta/pdfs/Europe5_11.pdf
- North and South America: http://images.delta.com.edgesuite.net/delta/pdfs/LatAmer5_11.pdf
- United States: http://images.delta.com.edgesuite.net/delta/pdfs/US_5_11.pdf