Delta Air Lines

Early Jetliners to Florida

Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines arrived in Miami in 1945 and Tampa in 1959. By the late 1950's, they were operating the piston-engined Douglas DC-7-B and Convair 440 to Florida.

Delta Air Lines was the first to fly the Douglas DC-8 jet, with the inaugural flight on September 18, 1959 from New York (Idlewild) to Delta Air Lines' hub in Atlanta. Florida service soon followed when non-stop flights from Chicago and Atlanta to Miami started October 15 and from Detroit to Miami on December 1.

Delta Air Lines In 1960, Delta Air Lines was also the first to fly the Convair 880. By January 1963, their jets were operating 14 daily nonstop flights each way from Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati to Miami; from Chicago and Cincinnati to Tampa; and from Atlanta to Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami. The original DC-8-10's were converted to DC-8-50 fan jets in 1963.


Sample one-way fares from Chicago to Miami: First class $96; Day coach $76; Deluxe night $63; Night coach $57; from Atlanta to Miami: First class $49; Day coach $40; Deluxe night $34; Night coach $30; All fares are in U.S. dollars.


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DC8 - Delta Air Lines
Douglas DC-8 Delta Air Lines
Series: 10 Engines: 4 x PW JT3C-6 Thrust: 13000lb (5897kg) Wingspan: 142ft (43m) Length: 150ft (46m) Height: 42ft (13m) Passengers: 177 Max weight: 273000lb (123833kg) Range: 4325mi (6960km) Max cruise: 555mph (893kph)
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C880 - Delta Air Lines
Convair 880 Delta Air Lines
Series: None Engines: 4 x GE J79 Thrust: 11650lb (5284kg) Wingspan: 120ft (37m) Length: 129ft (39m) Height: 36ft (11m) Passengers: 110 Max weight: 184500lb (83689kg) Range: 2845mi (4578km) Max cruise: 615mph (990kph)
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