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DELTA AIR BOARDS ITS 1,000,000,000TH PASSENGER Airline's First Passenger Flew 63 Years Ago

 DELTA AIR BOARDS ITS 1,000,000,000TH PASSENGER
 Airline's First Passenger Flew 63 Years Ago
 DALLAS/FT. WORTH, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 17, 1929, a tiny five-passenger Delta Air Service airplane took to the sky carrying the fledgling airline's first passengers from Dallas to Jackson, Miss.
 No one dreamed then that those first Delta passengers would set an example for a billion travelers to follow them. But today, Delta Air Lines reached a major historical milestone, as it boarded its 1 billionth revenue passenger in the airline's 63-year history of passenger service.
 Mary Staples arrived this morning at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport to board Delta Flight 511 to Cincinnati. She was greeted by Delta officials, who informed her that she was the airline's symbolic billionth passenger, and was then honored in ceremonies at the airport. The lucky traveler was recognized on behalf of all Delta customers and presented with a Delta Dream Vacation to Walt Disney World, including accommodations at the Walt Disney World Dolphin. Delta is the official airline of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
 "While there is no way to establish exactly which Delta passenger is our billionth, we know definitively that he or she boarded a Delta aircraft early today," said Henry Conley, the airline's district director of marketing. "Ms. Staples was chosen at random to be honored as our symbolic billionth passenger."
 Delta has grown from humble beginnings 63 years ago to become one of the world's four largest airlines today. The carrier's 561 modern aircraft now operate 2,844 flights each day to 222 cities in 34 countries around the globe.
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