The new attraction began in 1995 as the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum and got a $10 million facelift with a $6.3 million grant from the airline’s foundation last year and other sources.
It traces the airline’s history from its beginnings as a crop-dusting operation in the rural South through the development of commercial aviation.
“This museum is a testament to the rich history and unique culture of Delta, which has always been deeply rooted in our people,” airline CEO Richard Anderson said. “The museum also commemorates Delta’s contributions to passenger aviation, which influences economic growth and development and fosters greater understanding across cultures.”
The grand opening event marked the airline’s 85th anniversary of passenger service, dating back to its first passenger flight from Dallas, Texas, to Jackson, Miss., June 17, 1929.
“For decades, Delta Air Lines has served as a major economic engine for our state,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who spoke at the grand opening celebration. “It’s an honor to be here today, both to showcase the rich history of commercial aviation in Georgia and to honor the thousands of people who have worked to make Delta one of the world’s most successful airlines.”
The airline now serves nearly 165 million customers each year.
“The opening of the new Delta Flight Museum represents the addition of a world-class facility that honors and celebrates our city’s longstanding and historic partnership with Delta,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who also spoke at the event.
The museum includes a 117-seat theater, a 30-seat conference room and a flight simulator.