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1970s - Delta celebrates 50 years going strong

1970

Delta has an all-jet passenger airplane fleet. Boeing 747 service begins.

1971

W.T. Beebe becomes Chairman and CEO. Delta Dash (cargo service for small packages) begins.

1972

Northeast Airlines merges with Delta. Delta becomes a major carrier in New York and Boston, with direct routes from New York and New England to Florida. Delta begins operating the Boeing 727.

1973

L-1011 TriStar service introduced.

1975

First airline to offer its own air express service, a new high priority, guaranteed cargo service called Delta Air Express.

1978

The Airline Deregulation Act passes. Delta begins trans-Atlantic service: Atlanta to London. David C. Garrett becomes CEO.

1979

Delta celebrates its 50th year of service; begins flights to Frankfurt, West Germany. Delta is the first airline in the world to board one million passengers in one city in one month (Atlanta in the month of August).

> 1980s - Delta expands services and routes