Delta and Atlanta: A 75 Year Partnership

March 2,2016

Delta is marking a major milestone in the place it has now called home for three quarters of a century. The airline’s move to Atlanta 75 years ago today - on March 1, 1941 - fueled Delta’s growth from a regional carrier to the world’s second-largest airline. At the same time, Delta’s climb helped transform the city and region into an economic and cultural powerhouse.

The airline employs tens of thousands of Georgians – it’s among the state’s top private employers – and contributes millions of dollars and countless employee volunteer hours to charities and organizations throughout the Atlanta metro area.

"Delta’s success and Atlanta’s success have been intertwined for 75 years,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s President and incoming CEO. “Key to this success has been the historic partnership between Delta, the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and our thousands of Atlanta-based employees and customers.”

Gov. Nathan Deal said Delta’s economic impact on Georgia has been enormous. “Georgia has a longstanding and highly successful partnership with Delta Air Lines that has helped both of us grow and flourish over the past 75 years," said Deal. "The massive economic impact and multitude of jobs Delta has provided to Georgians have been critical to the state's prosperity. We are proud the world's second-largest airline calls Georgia home and look forward to this excellent corporate citizen reaching even greater heights."