Delta celebrates 75 years of doing business in the air cargo industry


Seventy-five years ago, Delta made its official but humble entry into the cargo business: 200 pounds of freshly picked mushrooms loaded aboard a DC-3 destined for Atlanta, making farm-to-table a possibility decades before it became a culinary hashtag.

That first week of operation in 1946, the airline carried a little bit of everything to customers across the US: a 64-year-old, US$1,500 soup tureen; 1,100 pounds of auto parts filling six crates; 450 pounds of candy; a box of silver coins.

Delta planes had served the Allied cause during World War II, transporting everything from food and surgical supplies to weapons and auto parts overseas. 

“The airline has grown, and the nature of our Cargo business has changed significantly over the last 75 years, but we are still in the business of providing Best-in-Class service to our customers with any of their freight and logistics needs – large or small,” said Robert Walpole, Vice President, Delta Cargo.

“We are here to support our customers and communities in the US and across the globe. We look forward to another remarkable 75 years.”

Today, Delta Cargo carries on average 2.2 billion cargo tonnes every year.

Whether it’s transporting life-saving pharmaceuticals, organs for transplant, fresh flowers, seasonal produce or beloved pets, Delta Cargo’s strong product portfolio provides world-class service for every customer’s needs.


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