• Delta Airlines & the Louisiana Connection •


The history and origin of Delta Airlines can be traced to the foundation of Huff Daland Dusters on May 30, 1924 in Macon, Georgia.

Huff Daland Dusters became the world’s first aero-crop dusting company, which sprayed fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides from an agricultural aircraft. In 1923, the company moved to Monroe, Louisiana. In 1928, C.E. Woolman purchased Huff Daland Dusters and renamed it ‘Delta Air Services’, after the Mississippi Delta. By 1934, Delta Air began mail service from Charleston to Fort Worth, including Atlanta, Augusta and other stops in Georgia.

In 1941, Delta shifted its headquarters from Monroe to Atlanta, Georgia, to position itself along its new route network that connected Chicago and New Orleans to Florida and Ohio. The carrier purchased Chicago and Southern Airlines in 1953, after which, it flew under the name of Delta C&S, for the next couple of years. Soon, Delta started its long-haul service and plied flights on routes with a high density of passengers. In order to serve the purpose, the airline purchased four Boeing 747s in the 1970s, thereby entering the new ‘wide-jet’ era.

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~ by Voltima on January 3, 2010.

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