Delta Airlines History

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Delta Airlines is the oldest operating airline in the U.S. and sixth oldest in the world. Starting in Macon, Georgia in 1924, Delta Airlines (formerly Huff Daland Dusters Incorporated) was the world’s first crop dusting company until a move to Louisiana prompted a name change to Delta Air Services. By 1929, they were operating passenger aircraft to Atlanta and Fort Worth, but after losing the Post Office contract to American Airlines, Delta Air Services had to end passenger service. However by 1934, they secured an airmail route including Dallas and Charleston, SC through Atlanta and were able to start passenger travel once again.

During 1941, Delta changed headquarters to Atlanta and was operating flights to Birmingham, Cincinnati, and Savannah in addition to Charleston and Fort Worth. By the mid 40s, Chicago, Miami, and New Orleans were added to the destination list, and Delta bought Chicago and Southern Air Lines. This allowed them to fly to Chicago, Detroit, Houston, and New Orleans with an additional route to Caracas. Washington D.C. and New York were added by the mid-50s.

In the 60s and 70s, Delta started branding their planes with the traditional red, white, and blue triangle and finally added California to their destinations by buying Northeast Airlines. Their frequent flyer program, SkyMiles, began in 1981 and by 1990, Delta was the first U.S. airline granted permission to fly the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft. With the collapse of Pan Am, Delta was able to grab most of their European flights and expand their reach worldwide. Paris to Latin American and Miami to London were now Delta routes, as were European flights through the Frankfurt hub. This made Delta the largest transatlantic network in America and allowed them to stay the largest to this day.

The late 1990s included a major hub in Portland as well as hubs in Salt Lake City, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Manila, Nagoya, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo were added to the destination list before the end of the decade. SkyTeam, the brainchild of Delta, Air France, Korean Air, and AeroMexico, was created in 2000 and is now the second biggest alliance of airlines in the world. Unfortunately though, early 2004 brought along bankruptcy issues and rebuilding of the company. Flights, jobs, salaries, and destinations were cut across the board, and by 2007, Delta Airlines was in the green again.

This allowed Delta to add luxuries like in-flight entertainment and additional flight attendants plus captains without causing too much stretch on their bank account. Delta then merged with Norwest airlines in 2008 to create the world’s largest airline. Northwest’s three hubs became Delta’s and all aircraft were rebranded with the Delta triangle. Currently, Delta operates over 5,400 flights per day on six continents and is the world’s largest airline in terms of passengers carried.

 

Delta Airlines Alliances

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Delta Airlines is one of the founding members of the SkyTeam Alliance and has several codeshare agreements as well.

SkyTeam Members:

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Airlines

Codeshare Agreements:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Gol Transportes Aereos
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Olympic Air
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia
  • WestJet 

 

Delta Airlines Main Hubs and Where They Fly

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Delta Airlines has their headquarters and main hub in Atlanta with several other major hubs around the U.S. and internationally. The airline has 334 destinations in 64 countries on six continents.

Main Hub:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Other Major Hubs:

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • LaGuardia Airport
  • Logan International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
  • Narita International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Where They Fly:

  • Accra
  • Akron
  • Albany
  • Albuquerque
  • Allentown
  • Amarillo
  • Amsterdam
  • Anchorage
  • Appleton
  • Asheville
  • Athens
  • Atlanta
  • Augusta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Bangkok
  • Bangor
  • Barcelona
  • Baton Rouge
  • Beaumont
  • Beijing
  • Belize City
  • Billings
  • Birmingham
  • Bismarck
  • Bogota
  • Boise
  • Boston
  • Bozeman
  • Brasilia
  • Bridgetown
  • Bristol
  • Brunswick
  • Brussels
  • Buenos Aires
  • Buffalo
  • Calgary
  • Cancun
  • Caracas
  • Cartagena
  • Charleston (SC, VA)
  • Charlotte
  • Chattanooga
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado Springs
  • Columbia
  • Columbus
  • Copenhagen
  • Cozumel
  • Dakar
  • Dallas
  • Dayton
  • Daytona Beach
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Dubai
  • Dublin
  • Dusseldorf
  • Edmonton
  • El Paso
  • Evansville
  • Fairbanks
  • Fargo
  • Fayetteville
  • Flint
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Fort Walton Beach
  • Fort Wayne
  • Frankfurt
  • Freeport
  • Fukuoka
  • Gainesville
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grand Rapids
  • Great Falls
  • Green Bay
  • Greensboro
  • Greenville
  • Guadalajara
  • Guam
  • Guatemala City
  • Gulfport
  • Hamilton
  • Harlingen
  • Harrisburg
  • Hartford
  • Havana
  • Hayden
  • Hong Kong
  • Honolulu
  • Houston
  • Hot Springs
  • Huntsville
  • Idaho Falls
  • Indianapolis
  • Istanbul
  • Ixtapa
  • Jackson
  • Jackson Hole
  • Jacksonville
  • Johannesburg
  • Juneau
  • Kahului
  • Kalispell
  • Kansas City
  • Key West
  • Kingston
  • Knoxville
  • Kokomo
  • Kona
  • Koror
  • Kralendijk
  • Lagos
  • Lansing
  • Las Vegas
  • Lexington
  • Liberia
  • Lihue
  • Lima
  • Lisbon
  • Little Rock
  • London
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisville
  • Lubbock
  • Madison
  • Madrid
  • Malaga
  • Managua
  • Manchester
  • Manila
  • Mazatlan
  • Medellin
  • Melbourne
  • Memphis
  • Mexico city
  • Miami
  • Milan
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • Minot
  • Missoula
  • Mobile
  • Montego Bay
  • Montreal
  • Montrose
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Nagoya
  • Nashville
  • Nassau
  • New Orleans
  • New York city
  • Newark
  • Newburgh
  • Newport News
  • Nice
  • Norfolk
  • Oakland
  • Oklahoma city
  • Omaha
  • Ontario
  • Oranjestad
  • Orlando
  • Osaka
  • Palm Springs
  • Panama City
  • Paris
  • Pasco
  • Pensacola
  • Philadelphia
  • Philipsburg
  • Phoenix
  • Pisa
  • Pittsburg
  • Port-au-Prince
  • Portland
  • Prague
  • Providence
  • Providenciales
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Punta Cana
  • Quebec City
  • Quito
  • Raleigh
  • Rapid City
  • Reno
  • Reykjavik
  • Richmond
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Roanoke
  • Roatan
  • Rochester
  • Rome
  • Sacramento
  • George’s
  • John’s
  • Saint Kitts
  • Louse
  • Petersburg
  • Saint Thomas
  • Saipan
  • Salt Lake city
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Jose de Costa Rica
  • San Jose del Cabo
  • San Juan
  • San Pedro Sula
  • San Salvador
  • Santa Ana
  • Santiago
  • Santiago de lose Caballeros
  • Santo Domingo
  • Sarasota
  • Savannah
  • Seattle
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Shannon
  • Singapore
  • Sioux Falls
  • South Bend
  • Spartanburg
  • Spokane
  • Springfield
  • Stockholm
  • Stuttgart
  • Sydney
  • Syracuse
  • Sao Paulo
  • Taipei
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Tegucigalpa
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tokyo
  • Toledo
  • Toronto
  • Traverse City
  • Tucson
  • Tulsa
  • Tyler
  • Vail
  • Vancouver
  • Venice
  • Vieux-Fort
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Palm Beach
  • White Plains
  • Wichita
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Worcester
  • Zurich

 

Delta Airlines Frequent Flyer Program, SkyMiles, and How it Works

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SkyMiles, Delta Airline’s frequent flyer program, offers members a chance to earn miles on Delta and partner airline flights, hotels, rental cars, credit cards, and vacation packages. They have a four-tier medallion system (Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond) and utilize a mixture of medallion levels and miles. Medallion levels are earned by combining miles and/or flight segments with annual spending on Delta flights. Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) only go towards your Medallion status and cannot be used for award travel. They’re also based on distance flown, not ticket price like redeemable miles. MQMs and redeemable miles are evaluated annually to give you your medallion level for the upcoming year.

Silver SkyMiles members need 25,000 MQMs or 30 MQSs (Medallion Qualification Segments) in addition to $3,000 MQDs (Medallion Qualification Dollars) spent annually. To get bumped to Gold, travelers need to have 50,000 MQMs or 60 MQSs as well as $6,000 MQDs spent annually. For Platinum consideration, guests must have 75,000 MQMs or 100 MQSs plus $9,000 MQDs spent per year. Diamond members are at the top of the heap and need 125,000 MQMs or 140 MQSs in addition to $15,000 MQDs spent annually. If a guest spends over $25,000 annually on their Delta SkyMiles Credit Card though, the MQDs requirement is dropped for all medallion levels.

 

Delta Airlines First Class and Business Seats

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Best Delta Airlines Award Travel Flights

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How to Book Delta Airlines Award Travel

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The ultimate way to squeeze the most out of your miles is book your award travel through the Delta website. When you enter the website, you can click on miles and set your departure city and date in addition to your arrival city and date. The calculator then tells you how many miles or miles and cash you need to receive an award ticket. Those who don’t have enough miles can use the cash and miles option. There’s also the award calendar that offers a large spreadsheet of dates for those travelers who are flexible. One-way award tickets begin at 10,000 miles and flyers can also choose from airline partners including SkyTeam Alliance members as well. Award travel reservations can also be made by calling 800-221-1212 or 800-323-2323, but using the online calculator is still the simplest option.

 

How to Earn Delta Airlines SkyMiles

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Flying Delta Airlines and using one of their credit cards to book your ticket is the best way to earn SkyMiles. Since you’re earning miles from flying Delta and miles on the credit card for booking, you’re able to maximize your mileage. Since SkyMiles are based on ticket price and not distance flown, guests who pay more for their ticket earn more miles. Members can earn up to 75,000 points per ticket, the miles never expire, and there are no blackout dates. Members can also use their branded credit cards to book hotels, rental cars, and vacation packages to earn additional miles.

Credit Cards:

  • Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
  • Delta Reserve Credit Card
  • Delta SkyMiles Credit Card

 

Delta Airlines Partners

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  • Aeromexico
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • GOL
  • KLM
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia
  • Air Europa
  • Kenya Airways
  • Middle Easter Airlines
  • Saudia
  • Tarom
  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Czech
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Xiamen Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Great Lakes Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • WestJet
  • Hilton
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts/ Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
  • Marriott International
  • InterContinental Hotel Group
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Accor Hotels
  • Hotel JAL City
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Langham Hospitality Group
  • Maritim Hotels
  • Millennium Hotels and Resorts
  • New Otani Hotels
  • Nikko Hotels International
  • Okura Hotels & Resorts
  • Price Hotels & Resorts
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces
  • Worldhotels
  • Hertz
  • Alamo
  • Carmel Car & Limousine Service
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Execucar
  • National
  • Sixt Rent a Car
  • Supershuttle
  • com
  • CTRIP
  • Delta Vacations
  • Hilton Grand Vacations
  • SkyMiles Cruises
  • SkyMiles Villas