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The founder of delta airlines

Richard H. Anderson (born 1956) is the chief executive officer of delta airlines, serving his position since September 1, 2007. Delta operate an extensive domestic and international network serving over 330 destinations in over 60 countries on six continents.

Prior to his role as Chief Executive of Delta, Anderson has served in previous executive positions as CEO of northwest airlines from 2001 to 2004, which would later merge with Delta and executive vice president of united healthcare from 2004-2007.

impact on georgia

Hartsfield-Jackson has a direct economic impact of more than about $32.5 billion for the metro Atlanta area economy, according to airport estimates

Atlanta has been the busiest passenger airport in the world every year since 1998

Delta has more than 30,000 employees in Atlanta, both at the airport and its corporate headquarters adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson.

Atlanta's location puts it within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the U.S. population and 119 of the nation's 150 largest metropolitan areas, which led to its rise as the world's largest airline hub

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About delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 World’s Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fourth time in five years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground.
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historic facts

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

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