Delta Air Lines today
celebrated its 75th anniversary of passenger air service at Salt Lake City
International Airport. Delta’s first passenger flight took off from
Dallas’ Love Field to Jackson, Miss., with a six-seat Travel Air on June
17, 1929. Delta began offering air service in Salt Lake City on April 28, 1980, with
four daily flights to Atlanta, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth and Reno, Nev.
The Spirit of Delta’s new commemorative paint scheme, a recreation of
Delta’s original DC-3 livery of 1940, will make a special Salt Lake City
flight immediately following the ceremony. Delta offered the aircraft to
benefit local charities and community organizations that Delta supports.
“Delta is grateful for the opportunity to offer Salt Lake City continuous
service and growth for 24 years,” said Fred Butrell, president and chief
executive officer of Delta Connection, Inc. “Today, Delta people continue
to provide customers with our original foundation of service and
hospitality from the heart.”
Delta’s first Boeing 767 aircraft, the Spirit of Delta, was purchased with
voluntary contributions from employees, retirees and its community
partners. The new 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.