Delta Air Lines continued its aggreessive courtship of Seattle on Thursday, naming a jet for the Emerald City.
The Atlanta-based airline dubbed a new Boeing 737-900ER the “Spirit of Seattle” at Boeing Field. Delta noted that merger partner Northwest Airlines started its Seattle service at Boeing Field on Dec. 3, 1933, flying a Waco JTO biplane with no passengers from Spokane and back again. Passenger service started between Seattle, Tacoma, Wenatchee and Spokane using seven-passenger, 120-mph Hamilton H47 Metalplanes.
“For 80 years, our customers, employees and partners in Seattle have embraced Delta, and our growth here would not be possible without them,” Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president – Seattle, said in a news release. “The Spirit of Seattle aircraft will proudly bear its name as it travels around the country as a representation of Delta’s history in Seattle and a sign of our thanks and commitment to our future here.”
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