Stats & Facts



Updated February 2014

Worldwide Service

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine, marking the first time in a decade that a North American-based carrier has earned the distinction. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 322 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on, Twitter @Delta,, and Delta’s blog




Operating Statistics
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Hubs: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita
Largest Hub: Atlanta – world’s largest airline hub with more than 1,020 daily departures to 216 destinations
Stock Ticker: NYSE: DAL
Founded: 1928 in Monroe, Louisiana, USA*
CEO: Richard Anderson
Destinations Served: 322 (97 international; 225 domestic), February 2014
Countries Served: 59
Mainline Aircraft in Fleet: 722
Annual Passengers: Nearly 165 million
Daily Flights: More than 4,900
Frequent Flier Program: SkyMiles (established 1981); more than 90 million members
Employees: Nearly 80,000
Liquidity: $5.7B of liquidity as of 12/31/2013
Annual Revenues (2012): $37.7 billion
Alliance: SkyTeam
Joint Venture Partners: Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic
Countries/Destinations Served with Worldwide Partners: 596 destinations in 116 countries
Historic Firsts:
  • 2013--Delta completes $1.4 billion project to enhance and expand Terminal 4 at JFK, creating a state-of-the-art facility for Delta's customers
  • 2012—Delta launches major expansion at New York-LaGuardia Airport, building a new domestic hub at New York's preferred airport for business travelers
  • 2011—Delta awarded approval to create joint venture with Virgin Australia, greatly expanding options for customers traveling between the U.S. and Australia.
  • 2010—Delta wins approval for first nonstop trans-Pacific service in three decades to Haneda Airport in central Tokyo
  • 2009—Delta serves six continents with introduction of nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Sydney
  • 2008—Delta and Northwest Airlines merge, creating an airline with major operations in every region of the world
  • 2000—Delta is founding member of the SkyTeam alliance
  • 1997—Delta launches major expansion into Latin America
  • 1991—Northwest and KLM launch first joint trans-Atlantic service; Delta becomes the largest U.S. airline across the Atlantic with the acquisition of Pan American World Airways’ trans-Atlantic network
  • 1987—Delta becomes a major West Coast U.S. airline with the acquisition of Western Airlines
  • 1982—After Delta suffers financial losses, employees raise $30 million in payroll deductions to purchase the first Boeing 767, named "The Spirit of Delta"
  • 1978—Delta launches its first trans-Atlantic flights between Atlanta and London-Gatwick, propelling the airline into the post-deregulation era
  • 1972—Delta becomes a major airline in the Northeastern United States with the acquisition of Northeast Airlines
  • 1955—Delta pioneers the use of the hub and spoke system
  • 1953—Delta merges with Chicago and Southern Air Lines, adding first Delta service to the Caribbean and South America
  • 1947—Northwest, which merged with Delta in 2008, pioneers the Great Circle route to Asia with service from the United States to Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Manila
*Delta Air Lines was founded as Delta Air Service in 1928; Other airlines that were later acquired by Delta include Northwest Airlines, established as Northwest Airways in 1926, and Western Airlines, established as Western Air Express in 1925



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