Thursday, January 27, 2011

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is a major airline based in the United States headquartered in Atlanta. Delta is the world's largest airline operating under a single certificate. Delta operates an extensive domestic and international network, spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Australia. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers fly to 348 destinations in 64 countries.

Formed as Huff Daland Dusters, Incorporated, an aerial crop dusting operation, on May 30, 1924, in Macon, Georgia, the company moved to Monroe, Louisiana, in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana, in 1925, and began acting as a passenger airline in late 1929. Collett E. Woolman purchased the company on September 13, 1928, and renamed it Delta Air Service, with headquarters in Monroe. In the ensuing decades, Delta grew through the addition of routes and the acquisition of other airlines. It transitioned from propeller planes to jets in the 1970s, and entered international competition to Europe in the 1970s and across the Pacific in the 1980s.

Defunct airline brands owned by Delta

Delta Express began service in October 1996 in an attempt by Delta to compete with low cost airlines on leisure-oriented routes. Its main base of operations was Orlando International Airport and it used Boeing 737-200 aircraft. It ceased operations in November 2003 after Song was established.

Northwest Airlines was acquired on October 29, 2008, to form the world's largest airline. After approval of the merger, Northwest continued to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta until December 31, 2009, when both carriers' operating certificates were merged (the Delta certificate survived). Delta completed the acquisition of Northwest on January 31, 2010, when their reservation systems/websites were combined, officially retiring the Northwest Airlines name and brand.

Song began service on April 15, 2003, as a single-class airline operated by Delta to compete directly with JetBlue Airways from both airlines' hubs at New York-JFK. While the brand was considered a successful addition to the Northeast-to-Florida market, financially the airline suffered. On May 1, 2006, Song was folded into the Delta mainline brand. The "Song" entertainment system will remain in place on certain long-haul domestic flights. Additionally, all former "Song" aircraft have been reconfigured to accommodate 26 First/158 Economy passengers. These aircraft are now focused primarily on transcontinental flights from JFK and ATL. Song used Boeing 757 aircraft.

Western Airlines was acquired on December 16, 1986, and was operated as a separate airline by Delta for over three months. In a case by a union to stop the workforce integration, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote "On December 16, 1986, shareholder approval of the merger was confirmed and Western Airlines became a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta." The changeover date for discontinuation of the Western Airlines brand and the date for merger of the two airlines' workforce was April 1, 1987. After the merger, Delta retired the Western Airlines brand. Western's former Salt Lake City hub has become a major Delta hub, and Delta uses the Los Angeles International Airport as a major gateway to Mexico's many vacation destinations, Hawaii, and Australia.

Northeast Airlines was acquired in August 1972.

Chicago and Southern Airlines was acquired in 1953 and Delta flew under the carrier name of Delta C and S Airlines for the next two years.

Ticket Offices

Makati Office
: 9/F, Athenaeum Building,
160 LP Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City

Trunk Line: 63 (2) 841-9800
Fax: 63 (2) 814-0531
Operating Hours: 08:00 hrs - 17:30 hrs. Mon - Fri
08:00 hrs - 12:00 noon Saturdays and Holidays
(except Christmas and New Year's day) ; closed on Sundays

First day! Wish me luck! :)

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