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1980s - Delta expands services and routes

1980

Development of computer reservations systems (CRS) in the early 1980s.

1981

Delta launches Frequent Flyer Program (changed to SkyMiles in 1995).

1982

After Delta suffers financial losses, employees raise $30 million in payroll deductions to purchase the first Boeing 767, named "The Spirit of Delta."

1984

Delta strengthens ties to regional airline partners through its Delta Connection program. Delta begins service to Hawaii.

1987

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.


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