Development of computer reservations systems (CRS) in the early 1980s.
Delta launches Frequent Flyer Program (changed to SkyMiles in 1995).
After Delta suffers financial losses, employees raise $30 million in payroll deductions to purchase the first Boeing 767, named "The Spirit of Delta."
Delta strengthens ties to regional airline partners through its Delta Connection program. Delta begins service to Hawaii.
Western Airlines merges with Delta; becomes the fourth largest U.S. carrier and fifth largest world carrier. Delta's first trans-Pacific service begins: Atlanta to Portland, Oregon, to Tokyo. Ronald W. Allen becomes Chairman and CEO.
Delta opens operations in Asia.
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