The history of Delta Air Lines extends back to 1920 when Thomas Huff and Elliot Daland formed the Ogdensburg Aeroway Corp in Bristol, Pennsylvania, which later became known as the Huff-Daland Aero Company. Huff and Daland originally build aircraft for the U.S. Army and Navy, but in 1925 they also designed an aerial crop dusting plane. The first U.S. aerial dusting business was then established, called Huff-Daland Duster Company in Macon, Georgia. When Huff-Daland Dusters grew to a fleet of 18 crop dusters, it was the largest privately owned aircraft fleet in the world.
C.E. Woolman became familiar with the Huff-Daland Dusters business as an Extension Department agent at Louisiana State University. Woolman eventually left his extension department job to work for Huff-Daland Dusters. He got the company involved in passenger service in Peru in order to generate revenue in the crop dusting off season. On September 13, 1928 the first six passengers were flown from Lima, Peru to Paita and Talara.
In 1928 Woolman organized a group of businessmen in Monroe, Georgia to buy the Huff-Daland Dusters business, which was renamed Delta Air Service. The name “Delta” was chosen for the region that the new business intended to serve. The first passenger service for Delta was in 1929 on a route from Dallas, Texas to Jackson, Mississippi. The company didn’t change its name to Delta Air Lines until 1945.
Delta Air Lines Headquarters:
The Delta Air Lines headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is Delta’s largest hub.
Delta Air Lines Mission Statement:
Delta has created a mission statement which describes how the Delta Airlines company and Delta employees intend to be a “Force for Global Good.” Whether this is the one and only Delta Air Lines corporate mission statement is not clear. The Delta Force for Global Good mission statement is...
"We—Delta's employees, customers, and community partners—together form a force for positive local and global change, dedicated to bettering standards of living and the environment where we and our customers live and work. We are Delta's Force for Global Good."
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