Delta Airlines began in 1924 in Macon, Georgia, as a crop dusting operation. The company was originally called Huff Daland Dusters. Delta was founded by B.R. Coad, C.E. Woolman, and 2 other people who were dedicated to the aerial destruction of the boil weevil. The founders were natives of Louisiana, so they moved the company to Monroe, Louisiana, in 1925. Woolman bought the company and renamed it Delta in honor of the Mississippi delta region. In 1934, Delta won a contract with the U.S. Government to offer airmail between Dallas and Charleston with Atlanta as the base. Delta moved to Atlanta in 1941 after WWII. Delta expanded the Dallas routes and became international in the 1970s. Delta is the largest airline in the world (based on the number of passengers and employees worldwide). (Standards 115)


Since Delta is the biggest airline company in the world, it has a lot of people working for it. Delta has a huge impact on the economy, especially in the Atlanta area. Approximately 80,000 people are employed by Delta worldwide. The entire southside of Atlanta is impacted by Delta. The employees of Delta Airlines needed a place to stay without being in Atlanta. Peachtree City is one of those places. The original plan for Peachtree City was to give airline employees somewhere to live south of the airport.  Services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and ground are another area where Delta has a big impact.


Just being in the transportation industry means Delta Airlines takes a lot of risks. For example, newer technology, 9/11 happening again, plane crashes, etc. The more technology we have, the faster other technology has to adapt. So Delta is always trying to stay ahead of new technology to make sure other airlines don't get it first.  Delta Airlines is also taking a big risk in money. They are spending millions of dollars every day for fuel, technology, and on safety measures.  Other airlines are a risk with the possibility they could take Delta's business away. Airline safety is a huge risk because there are so many planes in the sky.  There are so many risks, but they have to know when to take one.


Transportation only means one thing and that is to move an object from one place to another. Delta Airlines is a transportation company but they also use transportation for supplies.  Delta needs a lot of supplies. So, if Delta is shipping supplies from another country, like China, then they probably use a boat to transport the supplies. Then, when the boat arrives in the U.S.A, they most likely put the supplies on a train to ship them to Georgia. The supplies are then transferred to trucks and shipped to headquarters in Atlanta for distribution to other areas.  Finally, once arrives in Atlanta, warehouse employees unload the trucks and start distributing it. Delta uses several modes of  transportation and not just through the air.

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