Did you know this month marks 55 years of international service for Delta? Click on this map to see our first international routes in the Caribbean and South America. Delta acquired these routes from Chicago and Southern (C&S) Air Lines, when the airline merged with Delta on May 1, 1953. The combined airline was known as Delta-C&S until 1955.
This 1953 paper drink coaster promoted Delta’s new service to Havana, Cuba. Our other first international cities were Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cuidad Trujillo (today’s Santo Domingo), Dominican Republic; and Caracas, Venezuela. We also acquired service to San Juan, Puerto Rico from C&S Air Lines.
In 1953, Delta served 7 countries. Today, Delta operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 305 destinations in 58 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 38 transatlantic markets.