Today celebrates another milestone in Delta’s history. On June 17, 1929, Delta Air Service carried its very first passengers on a five hour, 427 mile flight from Dallas, Texas, to Jackson, Mississippi, with scheduled stops at Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana (which wasDelta’s headquarters at the time).
Johnny Howe piloted the plane, which had wood paneling inside the cabin, woven wicker seats, handholds rather than seatbelts, and windows the passengers could open. The advertised fare between Dallas and Jackson was $47.25 one way and $90.00 round trip.
Here’s a view inside a 1929 Travel Air cabin. It’s from a Delta brochure “Fly for Business and Why,” published to encourage businessmen to travel by plane instead of the railway.
The brochure notes that Travel Airs, “bring a new luxury and comfort to air travel, undreamed of even five years ago. Each plane seats five passengers and pilot and provides ample space for luggage, wash room and toilet. These planes take-off, fly and land with remarkable ease and smoothness and there is a noticeable absence of minor discomforts. Passengers up for the first time experience a feeling of absolute security, confidence and relaxation that is agreeably surprising.”
To learn more about flying in our early days and see Delta’s restored Travel Air, go to the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum’s website.
Looking forward to the big 8-0 next year!