The hangars of Hartsfield-Jackson tell the tales of Atlanta’s airline history. The ExpressJet facility, also known as the City North hangar, was originally built by Eastern Airlines and was acquired by the city in the 1990s when Eastern went bankrupt. Atlanta-based Delta negotiated with the city for years for the 1960s-era hangar, and in 1997 finally reached a deal to lease it. But Delta ended up returning the hangar to the city in 2006 after the airline filed for bankruptcy protection. The following year, Atlantic Southeast Airlines signed a 25-year lease with the city for the hangar. ASA merged into ExpressJet in a 2010 deal.
Delta plans to use the more than 200,000-square-foot hangar for TechOps maintenance, repair and overhaul of its growing fleet of large aircraft including the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 777, according to airport documents.