Delta Air Lines today reported operating performance for May 2018. The company carried 16.8 million passengers across its broad global network, a record for the month of May.
Monthly highlights include:
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• Launching new uniforms for 64,000 airline’s employees worldwide, created by acclaimed designer Zac Posen and built with Lands’ End quality. The designs embrace innovative fit, form and function, and carry the airline into the future in style.
• Announcing the return of nonstop flights between the U.S. and Mumbai, India, next year following agreements secured by the Trump administration with the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to address the issue of government subsidies provided to state-owned carriers in those nations.
• Continuing Delta’s global expansion with the launch of new services between New York-JFK and Ponta Delgada, Azores; Indianapolis and Paris-CDG; and Atlanta and Lisbon.
• Gaining final approval from the Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners to begin constructing the Sky Way at LAX, Delta’s $1.9 billion plan to modernize Terminals 2 and 3, and connect them to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Delta Air Lines, Inc., commonly referred to as Delta, is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airline, along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates, operates over 5,400 flights daily and serves an extensive domestic and international network that includes 319 destinations in 54 countries on six continents, as of October 2016. Delta is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and operates joint ventures with AeroMexico, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and WestJet (Once approved by both Canadian and American governments). Regional service is operated under the brand name Delta Connection.
One of the five remaining legacy carriers, it is the sixth-oldest operating airline by foundation date, and the oldest airline still operating in the United States. The company’s history can be traced back to Huff Daland Dusters, founded in 1924 in Macon, Georgia as a crop dusting operation. The company moved to Monroe, Louisiana, and was later renamed Delta Air Services, in reference to the nearby Mississippi Delta region, and commenced passenger services on June 17, 1929. Among predecessors of today’s Delta Air Lines, Western Airlines and Northwest Airlines began flying passengers in 1926 and 1927, respectively.
In 2013, the carrier was the world’s largest airline in terms of scheduled passengers carried (120.6 million), and the second-largest in terms of both revenue passenger-kilometers flown (277.6 billion) and capacity (4.4 billion ASM/week; March 2013).