Throwback Thursday // Aviation History Month Pt. II
By: Marie Force, Delta Archivist, Atlanta
1940 was a monumental year in flying comfort at Delta. In this year, flight attendants, called “stewardesses”, were added to flight crews.
Each of our new 14-passenger Douglas DC-2 aircraft carried a flight attendant, who was a registered nurse—reassuring for nervous first-time fliers. Touch the button beside your seat (our first call buttons), and a flight attendant could bring you a pillow, lap robe, a cup of coffee or beef bouillon, chewing gum, a writing pad or reading materials. Meals offered a taste of the South. Popular entrées were fried chicken or ham with sweet potato soufflé.
Our first flight attendants helped make Delta famous for a “spirit of Southern hospitality” and high standard of customer service. Treat our customers as guests, in the words of our founder C.E. Woolman.