Delta Air Lines, birthed in the south as a crop dusting company to battle the boll weevil insect in the 1920’s, is today, one of the world’s largest airlines and the oldest U.S. airline in operation. With 4,000 daily departures to more than 275 destinations on six continents, the airline claims that no one better connects the world.
Employing more than 80,000 employees, Delta’s mission is to create opportunities, foster understanding and expand horizons by connecting people and communities to each other and their potential.
Delta believes social responsibility lies at the intersection of values and expertise, which is why the airline returns one percent of its annual profits to the communities where employees live, work and serve. In 2019, Delta gave more than $55 million and 800,000 volunteer hours to communities worldwide. Employees regularly devote their time and talents to a wide array of Delta’s nonprofit and charitable partners.
From building homes with Habitat for Humanity, to finding cures and treatments through the Children’s Miracle Network, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross to supporting our nation’s military families through Toys for Tots and the Fisher House to serving as Team USA’s official airlines in the Olympics, Delta Air Lines is there.
Delta’s current relationship with Auburn University continues to expand. Recently the College of Human Sciences in partnership with the School of Aviation added a certificate in Aviation Hospitality Management with a focus on excellence in service. Students all over the world, as young as middle school, are engaging in experiential learning through Delta-supported educational efforts such as Junior Achievement USA and the National Flight Academy.
The world is taking notice. Delta Air Lines is the most awarded airline, recently being named an honoree for the fifth year in a row, of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The award recognizes Delta as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States. Delta is the only airline named to the list again this year.
Delta Air Lines has had many slogans over its 93 year history, from “Speed, Comfort and Safety” in the 1920s, to “Hospitality and Service from the Heart” in the 1950s to the familiar “Delta is Ready When You Are” in the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. Its current slogan is “Keep Climbing,” indicative of the Delta spirit.
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