Delta Air Lines started as a humble, little aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in 1924, and has since grown into one of the world’s largest global airlines.
Delta has supported the University of Georgia in making dreams take flight for 40 years, with more than $6.2 million in financial support provided by the company.
One of Delta’s most impactful investments at the University of Georgia can be seen in the heart of Washington D.C. In 2015, the Delta Air Lines Foundation committed $5 million to create Delta Hall, a living and learning community on Capitol Hill—the only facility of its kind in the Southeastern Conference. The 20,000-square-foot, three-story building houses 32 students, faculty and staff.
The UGA Foundation had acquired a building on Massachusetts Avenue that was once a church and home to the American Society of Interior Designers, with the intention of expanding the UGA in Washington program. The program was introduced in 2008 to expose more students to the career opportunities available in Washington, D.C., and over time build up a presence in the nation’s capital. The gift from Delta Air Lines Foundation made that dream a reality, and also established a lecture series that features prominent speakers each year and funds five internships.
In addition, the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, has brought renowned authors to campus, including Alice Walker and Colm Toibin. Delta has also provided in-kind donations to a number of campus departments and the company is a leading employer of UGA graduates, landing in the top 25 for the class of 2016.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 306 destinations in 52 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.