Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines

Atlanta Municipal Airport (now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), 1948.

Founded in 1924 as an aerial crop dusting company, Delta Air Lines has grown to become one of the largest air carriers in the world. First located in Louisiana, Delta moved its headquarters to Atlanta in 1941.

Over the last seven decades, Delta’s growth has paralleled and helped fuel the growth of Atlanta as a regional and national commercial center. In 1955, Delta pioneered the hub-and-spoke system of connecting flights. The company entered the jet age in 1959 with the introduction of the Douglas DC-8 into service along with their new triangular red, white, and blue “widget” logo representing the jet’s swept wing.

Flight attendant steps off a Delta Air Lines jet, 1969.

Stewardesses (now called flight attendants) were added to the flight crew prior to World War II. For many decades, stewardesses were required to be unmarried females and had to meet specific height, weight, and age restrictions. The earliest stewardesses had to be registered nurses.

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