Delta Air Lines celebrates
the 75th anniversary of passenger air service this year. Today, Delta
unveils The Spirit of Delta, the airlines first Boeing 767-232, with a new
75th Anniversary livery at the Annual Shareholders Meeting in Atlanta.
The Spirit of Delta’s new commemorative paint scheme, a recreation of
Delta’s original DC-3 livery of 1940, will make appearances with the 75th
Anniversary traveling exhibit. The airplane will be utilized in each city
to benefit local charities and community organizations that Delta supports.
“The charity flights are an exciting way for Delta to thank the community
for all the support throughout the years,” said Tom Slocum, senior vice
president, Corporate Communications.
Delta will celebrate its 75th anniversary across the country this year
with a special traveling exhibit, which includes this newly painted
767-232, a 16-panel visual history of Delta Air Lines, interactive kiosks
featuring historical videos, Delta’s fully restored DC-3 and first
passenger aircraft, the vintage Travel Air 6000.
The exhibit hits the road on Tuesday with its first out of town appearance
in Orlando and then makes stops in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City,
Dallas/Fort Worth, Boston, Cincinnati, New York and Washington, D.C.
The Spirit of Delta, was purchased by voluntary contributions from
employees, retirees and Delta’s community partners ($30 million raised).
The aircraft was unveiled in a ceremony in Atlanta on Dec. 15, 1982, and
has served as the flagship of Delta’s fleet since that date.