Boeing 747 Delta Airlines airplane model. Like many airlines based in the United States, Delta was an early buyer of the 747. The first jet, a -100 model, was delivered in early October of 1970. The hulking aircraft flew its first scheduled service for the airline several weeks later, on Oct. 25. The first route was between Atlanta and Los Angeles, with a stop in Dallas.
Like many of the early airlines to fly the 747, Delta took full advantage of the aircrafts size and modernity to provide the best in passenger comfort. The jet was the first in Deltas fleet to offer overhead bins instead of racks, according to the Delta Museum, a non-profit that collects and archives Delta-related history. The airline also offered personal audio systems for passengers, giving passengers several choices of channels that included both the Beatles and Beethoven.