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This Day in Georgia History

January 27, 1941

Delta Moved to Atlanta

Delta Air Lines announced plans to make Atlanta home base for its fleet of 21-passenger DC-3 aircraft. At the time, Delta’s headquarters were in Monroe, Louisiana. Increasingly it had become apparent that Atlanta was more strategically located for the future of commercial aviation in the South. In 1940, the city of Atlanta and Delta had signed an agreement whereby the city agreed to contribute $50,000 for construction of a new hanger and office building for Delta if it would move its headquarters to Atlanta. In turn, Delta agreed to pay the remaining construction costs and then assume a 20-year lease for the new facilities. On Jan. 16, 1941, Delta had secured a $500,000 loan from Atlanta’s Trust Company of Georgia, thus allowing it to make a public announcement of the move. Construction of the hanger and office building was completed in early 1941, and Delta moved into its new facilities on March 1, 1941.