The Georgia Historical Society is honored to have the support of Delta Air Lines as a decennial sponsor of the 2018 Georgia History Festival and the signature sponsor of the Festival’s Super Museum Sunday. Additionally, one of the 2018 Georgia Trustees, to be inducted at the Georgia Historical Society’s Trustees Gala by GHS and Governor Nathan Deal, is Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta makes 1,000 daily flights from Atlanta and more than 15,000 daily flights worldwide. Delta serves more than 180 million customers each year and employs more than 80,000 people. Many are familiar with Delta, especially in Georgia, either through its air line services or by witnessing its impact and involvement in communities as it supports partner organizations. They are probably less familiar with Delta’s history and how it came to be a Georgia business leader and transportation innovator.
The Georgia Historical Society’s Business History Initiative honors Delta’s contributions to the economic, cultural, and social development of Georgia and the United States. As part of Delta’s involvement in the program, GHS delved into the company’s history to create educational materials that have been made available to eighth grade teachers. The materials explore Delta’s transformation from a crop-dusting company in 1924, its leadership under C.E. Woolman, its relationship with the city of Atlanta, and how evolving air mail and aviation regulations made it possible for Delta to expand.
Read the Delta Air Lines Business History Initiative profile here.