Updated: Feb 27
Delta Air Lines, Inc., typically referred to as Delta, is one of the major airlines of the United States and a legacy carrier. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The airline, along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates, including Delta Connection, operates over 5,400 flights daily and serves 325 destinations in 52 countries on six continents. Delta is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
Delta has nine hubs, with Atlanta being its largest in terms of total passengers and number of departures. It is ranked second among the world's largest airlines by a number of scheduled passengers carried, revenue passenger-kilometers flown, and fleet size. It is ranked 69th on the Fortune 500.
Delta is the only U.S. carrier that flies to Accra, Copenhagen, Dakar, Düsseldorf, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nice, and Stuttgart.
Atlanta – Delta's hub for the Southeast and its main gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to its corporate headquarters, Delta operates its primary hub in Atlanta as well as Delta TechOps, which is Delta's primary maintenance base.
Boston – Delta's secondary transatlantic hub. Boston-Logan had previously been a Delta hub from the latter half of the 20th century to the early 2000s. The present Terminal A was built for Delta's sole use, but following the 2005 bankruptcy, Delta scaled back operations and leased 11 gates in the terminal. Delta subsequently regained all the Terminal A gates and began building up operations again in the mid 2010s, culminating in the reestablishing of BOS as a hub in 2019.
Detroit – Inherited through the merger with Northwest, Detroit serves as one of Delta's two Midwest hubs and is Delta's second largest overall. It is the primary Asian gateway for the Eastern United States and it also provides service to many destinations in the Americas and Europe.
Los Angeles – Delta's secondary West Coast hub. Delta inherited its LAX hub from Western Airlines, but dismantled it in the mid-1990s, opting to relocate most of those aircraft to the east coast. Since then, it has re-opened the hub, offering service to select cities in Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe, as well as major domestic cities and West Coast regional destinations.
Minneapolis–Saint Paul – Inherited through the merger with Northwest, Minneapolis–Saint Paul serves as one of Delta's two Midwest hubs and is Delta's third largest overall. It is the primary Canadian gateway for the airline while also including many American metropolitan destinations, a number of regional destinations in the upper Midwest as well as some select destinations in Europe and Asia.
New York–JFK – Delta's primary transatlantic hub. Delta inherited its JFK hub from its partnership with Pan Am after Pan Am's collapse in 1991. The hub also offers service on many transcontinental "prestige routes" to west coast destinations such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
New York–LaGuardia – Delta's second New York hub. This important domestic hub was created as a result of a slot swap with the now defunct US Airways. Delta's service at LaGuardia covers numerous East Coast US cities, and a number of regional destinations in the US and Canada.
Salt Lake City – Inherited through the merger with Western Airlines, Salt Lake City serves as the fourth largest hub for the airline. Delta service covers most major US destinations as well as a number of regional destinations in the US, with an emphasis on the Rocky Mountain region, as well as select destinations in Canada, Mexico, and select cities in Europe and Hawaii.
Seattle/Tacoma – Delta's primary West Coast hub. The hub serves as an international gateway to Asia for the Western United States. Delta service also includes many major US destinations as well as regional destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Delta started aggressively building its presence in Seattle in 2011, and announced SEA's hub status in 2014, while notably sparking tensions with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.[