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Delta Air Lines Celebrates 70 Years of Service to Puerto Rico

This week, Delta Air Lines celebrated seven decades of service to Puerto Rico, with Chicago & Southern Airlines starting one weekly flight to San Juan with a Lockheed Constellation carrying 57 passengers in 1953. C&S then merged with Delta several months later.

Chicago and Southern Lockheed Constellation - Courtesy Delta Flight Museum

On Wednesday (July 12, 2023), Delta Air Lines marked 70 years of service to Puerto Rico. In 1953, Chicago and Southern Airlines (C&S) started service to San Juan with one weekly flight on a Lockheed Constellation carrying 57 passengers. Several months later, C&S merged with Delta, which is now the longest-serving tenant at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU), the largest and busiest airport in the Caribbean. Delta currently offers service to Puerto Rico from five U.S. hubs, including Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW), New York (JFK), and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). Between 1990 and 2022 alone, Delta carried more than 24 million customers to and from the ‘island of enchantment.’

In Wednesday’s announcement, Delta Air Line’s Director of International Specialty Sales, Athar Khan, said,

“As we celebrate 70 years of service to Puerto Rico, we reflect on the role Delta’s people and our partners have played in making our service to the island a success. We’re also grateful to the local community. We remain committed to being the airline that provides them with outstanding and reliable service to points throughout the globe and the airline that continues to bring new visitors to discover this beautiful island.”

Delta Air Lines Celebrates 70 Years of Service to Puerto Rico - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

Delta currently offers four daily flights between Atlanta and San Juan for most of the year, with a fifth frequency added for winter, on a 199-seat Boeing 757-200. For most of 2023, the carrier will offer three daily flights between New York-JFK and San Juan with a 180-seat Boeing 737-900. The carrier also recently launched new service between Boston and San Juan. Additional routes include three weekly flights from Minneapolis St. Paul and daily service between Detroit and San Juan.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is the global U.S. airline leader in safety, innovation, reliability and customer experience. The carrier operates over 4,000 daily flights across more than 275 destinations on six continents. Delta has over 90,000 team members and has served as many as 200 million customers annually. Headquartered in Atlanta, the airline operates significant hubs and key markets in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Seoul-Incheon and Tokyo. For the last decade, Delta has led the industry in operational excellence, while maintaining their reputation for award-winning customer service.

Source: Delta Air Lines


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