From seatmates to soulmates and more Delta employee stories you need to hear

Assiatou ‘Assi’ Van Bastelaar, a Delta employee, and her husband, Marco Van Bastelaar, recall their chance meeting on a flight to Cancun in a StoryCorps interview.CONTRIBUTED.

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Assiatou ‘Assi’ Van Bastelaar, a Delta employee, and her husband, Marco Van Bastelaar, recall their chance meeting on a flight to Cancun in a StoryCorps interview.CONTRIBUTED.

With more than 80,000 employees and nearly nine decades in the airline industry, Delta has a lot of stories to tell.

Delta recently partnered with StoryCorps, an oral history project to share some moving stories, and they include a story about a couple who met on a Delta flight and eventually married, and a member of Delta’s Honor Guard who talks about his work honoring the remains of fallen military members.

During the month of April, as Delta Air Lines prepared for a change in its new CEO, Delta through a marketing partnership invited StoryCorps and its mobile booth to its headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to document the stories of about 50 Delta employees including new CEO Ed Bastian who took over the company's helm earlier this month.

You can listen to stories here: http://news.delta.com/category/sharing-our-stories

A dozen years ago, StoryCorps grew out of a simple idea: ask an important person in your life to go into a soundproof booth. As StoryCorps founder Dave Isay puts it, "If I had 40 minutes left to live, what would I ask this person who means so much to me?"

At the end of the session, participants walk away with a CD copy of the interview, and StoryCorps sends another copy to the Library of Congress, where it becomes a part of America’s history.

What started with a booth in Grand Central Terminal has grown into one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, with recordings in all 50 states. A permanent StoryCorps recording studio was set up at the Atlanta History Center in 2013. Close to 3,000 interviews have been recorded at the Atlanta StoryBooth, which is one of three permanent StoryBooths in the country.

Now 65,340 recordings-strong (with almost 125,000 participants across the nation), StoryCorps speaks to the power of the bonds between families, friends, neighbors. Hundreds of the conversations are broadcast on NPR stations around the globe.

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