Delta Airlines : The Largest Operating Airline

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Delta airlines is the oldest operating airline in the United States, one of the five remaining legacy carriers, and a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. It was founded as a crop dusting service company in 1924 in Macon, Georgia. Since its early years Delta airlines has gone through all the regulation changes from early years of commercial aviation to recent years, and has been highly influenced by the government laws.
The first major piece of legislation created by Congress related to aviation industry was The Air Mail Act of 1925, also known as Kelly Act. This act gave an opportunity for airlines to profit from operating mail services, and Delta got involved in the business. In 1927, Delta extended dusting services to Peru,
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