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DELTA AIR LINES celebrated 25 years of its Atlanta-Gatwick operation with a reception in its arrivals lounge positioned in Le Meridien Hotel, Gatwick North.
What was a daily Lockheed Tristar flight in 1978, worth 80,000 passengers a year, is now three flights a day this summer using a mixture of MD11, Boeing 777 and 767, and 450,000 people in 2002.
The airline also has a daily flight to Cincinnati. The Atlanta service is one of the few where British Airways competes head to head with the opposition, also operating out of LGW N, and with a 777 too.
Twenty five years ago the Delta Atlanta-London inaugural was one of the most important and far reaching milestones in its history, as that flight marked the birth of the airline's international service from Atlanta.
Delta now has 17 daily flights from Atlanta to 13 European destinations, 29 daily flights from Atlanta to 15 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, and one daily flight from Atlanta to Asia. Carolyn Ezzell, VP North Atlantic is clearly delighted