Delta Airlines has recently piqued the interest of social media users with a unique offering for its passengers: collectible trading cards featuring various aircraft from Delta's fleet. These cards, which have been a part of the airline's culture for almost two decades, have now surfaced into the limelight, thanks to two popular TikTok creators, Sarowar Ahmed and Victor Fontanez. The duo shared their excitement of politely asking Delta pilots for the cards and receiving them, leading to millions of views on their posts.
Collectible Cards: A Delta Tradition
The concept of aircraft trading cards is not new for Delta Airlines. The airline has been running this program for over 20 years, during which six collections of these trading cards have been unveiled. Updated every five years, the cards serve as a cherished tool for pilots to express their enthusiasm for aviation and foster loyalty towards Delta. The current collection, launched in October 2022, boasts 11 distinct card types, each designed by Delta's in-house 'Window Seat' visual design team.
More Than Just Cards
These trading cards have always been more than just collectibles. They are a symbol of the bond that Delta pilots form with their customers. While pilots are happy to hand out these cards to any passenger who asks nicely, not every interaction may lead to the acquisition of a card. Nevertheless, the discovery of these trading cards has amazed many passengers, leading to a heightened interest in collecting airline trading cards.
Aviation: A Passion and Profession
The trading card program by Delta is a testament to the passion for aviation that drives the pilots of the airline. It is a profession that was ranked among the '100 Best Jobs' in the 2023 edition of the annual ranking by U.S. News. The trading cards, updated periodically, encapsulate this passion, serving as a tangible connection between the pilots and the passengers, fostering a deeper loyalty to the airline.