Western’s regional network, with hubs at Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Denver-Stapleton, was convenient and vast. Alas, this also made it a target for takeover. Delta would buy Western in 1986, and would fully integrate the carrier by April Fool’s Day of 1987.
Western’s legacy continues as Delta’s fortress hub at SLC. Another Western Airlines was established in 2007 with a main hub at Bellingham, Washington (between Seattle and Vancouver), but was short-lived.
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Departure board in Concourse E at Salt Lake City International Airport’s Terminal 2, listing destinations in the range from Ontario to San Diego. I was waiting Flight 4471 to Sacramento; the subject is a reference to this classic Pacific Southwest Airlines commercial.
SLC was full of Delta logos and colors.. everywhere. More than ATL.
Salt Lake City International’s their main fortress hub out West. Almost every terminal is the Delta Terminal, though other carriers have their small share.
Delta’s presence in Mormon Jerusalem was such that, from it’s openingin 1991 until 2006, the largest sports arena in the city was called the Delta Center.