Delta Airlines

| October 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

Delta Airlines is one of the largest and most popular airlines flying today and if you don’t believe me than continue reading this article. Delta was founded in early 1924 as a crop dusting service using Cessna Ag Cats. In mid 1929 They started up their first passenger/mail service. Through the years Delta grew in size, slots and aircraft. By the 70’s they were operating jets. Now they are the largest airline in the world with over 700 aircraft and they fly to over 367 destinations.

In the 1920’s through the 1950’s they were still growing with Douglas dc-3’s,6’s,7’s,Lockheed Constellations, and Lockheed L-100’s .
With the 60’s came the introduction of the jet using the Douglas Dc-8 and the Convair 880 although Delta still had many old prop planes like the DC-3 They were now introduced to the jet age.

With the 70’s came many more new and modern jets like the Boeing 747-100, The Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star and the Douglas DC-9.

The 80’s, 90’s, and present day have brought many more wonderful jets like the Boeing 727, 767, 737, 757, Douglas DC-10, MD-80 series, Embraer175 and bombardier’s CRJ’s, but don;t forget the Saab 340 or the Airbus’s.

Delta has many classes in its planes for domestic flights and international.

Here are the different classes and a brief description of each.

Business Elite – has plenty of space and give free amenity kits, meals, and drinks. They also have a very good flight entertainment system and has lie flat seats or “sleeper suites”. These will have an adjustable TV screen so people can move it when they want to go to sleep.

Domestic First class – Domestic first class is available on most domestic aircraft and features wider seats and a good seat pitch. They also offer free meals and drinks.

Economy class (domestic and international) – Economy class is the most basic of all classes and is available on all aircraft; it has an “alright” seat width and pitch. Domestic offers free snacks and drinks.  International offers free meals and drinks but lower quality amenities kits.

The Northwest merger occurred in late 2008 and finished in early 2010.

Delta got all of Northwest’s aircraft making them the largest airline in the world with exactly 738 aircraft. They also got all of Northwests slots giving Delta over 367 destinations. Delta also got ten 747-400’s which they previously never had.

Overall rating- I would give Delta an 8 out of 10. The only thing that would disappoint me is that Northwest is gone and that Delta’s seat’s are so small.

I think we all miss Northwest though, and with all the airlines merging soon there will be one super airline, but lets hope that does not happen till next time.

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  1. Cathy says:

    This was interesting. With united and
    U.S. airways , Delta still has competition!
    Thx for the info.

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