37 years ago Northeast Airlines merged with Delta on August 1, 1971. The merger expanded our operations between New England and Florida and to Bermuda and the Bahamas, as you can see in the linked map. The merger also brought the Boeing 727, a mid-size, narrow, 3-engine jet, to Delta — the first of many in our fleet.
Here’s a rare photo of a Northeast Airlines Boeing 727 in merger markings. The 727 is in the Northeast Yellowbird paint scheme with a Delta “widget” logo added beside the front cabin door.
The 21 Boeing 727s from Northeast Airlines included -95 models, the first -200 “stretched model” to be placed into airline service (on December 14, 1967) and the 500th 727 to come off the Boeing production line. By 1981, at its peak, Delta’s 727-200 fleet numbered up to 129—the largest fleet in the world of this type of aircraft.
If anyone has a photo of a plane in Northeast/Delta merger markings that they would like to share, please let me know.