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Delta to Offer Customers Service to More Unique International Destinations in 2009

Airline advances strategy of balancing network for increased stability through economic cycles with addition of 15 new routes to the world’s fastest growing economies in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East

Increased connectivity between domestic hubs beginning January 2009 improves customers’ access to destinations worldwide

Atlanta, GA
Nov 12, 2008

ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced it is adding 15 new international routes for summer 2009, including service to 12 destinations not flown by any other U.S. carrier. The addition of trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic and African routes advances Delta’s strategy of taking customers to more unique destinations across the globe and investing in underserved markets.

“As America’s flag carrier to the world, offering service to more destinations than any other airline is an advantage our customers count on. Furthermore, smart growth to unique and emerging markets across the globe is a key ingredient of Delta’s proven business strategy,” said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president of Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Delta continues to hone a distinct and strategic global network that capitalizes on new opportunities created by our recent merger with Northwest; our leading position in New York – the world’s largest business market; and the unparalleled connectivity of Atlanta – the world’s largest passenger hub.

“In the current atmosphere of international financial uncertainty, the breadth of Delta’s network positions the airline to take advantage of markets that continue to thrive, while offering a natural hedge where there is economic softness,” added Hauenstein.

Delta’s long-haul expansion for 2009 will be focused in three regions:

  • Trans-Pacific: Delta plans to add three new nonstop trans-Pacific flights between the United States and Tokyo-Narita, Japan, including new nonstop flights from Salt Lake City1,3 and New York-JFK1, a second daily flight from Atlanta1,3, and daily service connecting customers beyond Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,3.
  • Africa: Delta will expand its industry-leading position in Africa with new flights between Atlanta and Nairobi, Kenya1 and Cape Town, South Africa1,5 (via Dakar, Senegal); between Atlanta and Monrovia, Liberia1; Abuja, Nigeria1; Luanda, Angola1; and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea1 (all via Sal Island, Cape Verde); and between New York-JFK and Lagos, Nigeria1. Delta also will introduce its first daily nonstop service to South Africa with flights between Atlanta and Johannesburg1,2.
  • Europe/Middle East: Delta will expand its leading position across the Atlantic with the only nonstop flights operated to Gothenberg, Sweden1 and Valencia, Spain1, both from New York-JFK. Delta also will expand its service at New York-JFK with nonstop service to Prague, Czech Republic1 and Zurich, Switzerland (seasonal); as well as the addition of a second nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Tel Aviv1.

Taking advantage of new opportunities created by its recent merger with Northwest, Delta’s proposed new flights between Atlanta, Salt Lake City and New York and its hub at Tokyo-Narita open service to nine of Asia’s top 20 markets not served by Delta prior to the combination, including a new flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Delta’s flight between Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita is the first and only trans-Pacific service from the Rocky Mountain region.

“Through the merger, Delta is able to unleash the power of the Tokyo hub by connecting it to the largest U.S. domestic network with new flights from Atlanta, New York and Salt Lake City feeding intra-Asian routes with greater trans-Pacific capacity,” said Hauenstein.

These flights are in addition to new trans-Pacific service previously announced by Northwest Airlines, including daily nonstop flights between Seattle and Beijing3 beginning March 1, 2009 and nonstop service connecting Detroit and Shanghai3, effective March 28, 2009.

Across the Atlantic, Delta’s 2009 growth focuses on underserved markets with high growth rates and robust traffic patterns that have historically been difficult to reach from the United States. With the addition of nonstop service to Gothenberg, Sweden1 and Valencia, Spain1, Delta will offer customers service to 13 European destinations not flown by any other U.S. airline. As part of its successful joint venture with Air France, Delta also recently announced new nonstop flights connecting Raleigh-Durham, N.C.  and Pittsburgh to Air France’s hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport1, effective June 2009.

In 2009, Delta expects to remain the only U.S. carrier flying nonstop to Africa and is building on its success since inaugurating service there in 2006. For customers, more nonstop service to Africa from the United States eliminates lengthy connections through Europe, trimming several hours off average travel times.

“Traffic between the United States and Africa is projected to grow more than 5 percent annually through 2027,” said Hauenstein. “With demand for travel to Africa spread across the United States, Delta is uniquely positioned to collect this growing base of traffic through the world’s largest passenger hub in Atlanta, as well as via the top U.S. market in New York to fly customers direct to 12 of Africa’s top destinations.”

Increased U.S. hub-to-hub capacity improves connectivity
To prepare for the summer 2009 schedule, Delta in January will increase connectivity between its U.S. hubs to improve customers’ connections to the world. Overall, Delta will offer 14.5 percent more capacity between Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, New York and Memphis in January 2009 compared with the year prior.

Hub-to-hub changes include replacing select regional jet flights with mainline equipment connecting Atlanta to Memphis, Minneapolis and Detroit. Delta also will add a third daily flight between Salt Lake City and Detroit; new daily service between Salt Lake City and Memphis; and new daily service connecting New York-JFK and Memphis.

“Improving the connectivity of every Delta hub builds a stronger platform to take customers from all over the United States to destinations around the globe,” Hauenstein said. “Each Delta hub has a unique role in the new Delta network, and we will continue to invest in the infrastructure to make each hub successful and ensure it is conveniently connected to the world.”

Delta also continues to roll out customer benefits as it integrates with Northwest. Effective Jan. 5, 2009, customers can take advantage of full Delta-Northwest codeshare reciprocity on flights between Delta hubs, creating thousands of additional connecting opportunities. Delta will launch a fully consolidated worldwide flight schedule in advance of summer 2009.

Delta’s new international service beginning summer 2009 includes: 








New York-JFK to Tokyo-Narita, Japan1

June 4, 2009

Boeing 777-200ER


Salt Lake City to Tokyo-Narita, Japan1,3

June 3, 2009

Airbus 330-200

five times weekly

Atlanta to Tokyo Narita, Japan1,3 (second frequency)

May 4, 2009

Boeing 747-400


Tokyo-Narita, Japan to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,3

June 1, 2009

Boeing 757-200



Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa1,2

June 1, 2009

Boeing 777-200LR


Atlanta to Nairobi, Kenya1,5

June 2, 2009

Boeing 767-300ER

four times weekly

Atlanta to Monrovia, Liberia1,4

June 8, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER

once weekly

Atlanta to Abuja, Nigeria1,4

June 10, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER

twice weekly

Atlanta to Luanda, Angola1,4

June 14, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER

twice weekly

Atlanta to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea1,4

June 16, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER

once weekly

Atlanta to Cape Town, South Africa1,5

June 1, 2009

Boeing 767-300ER

three times weekly

New York-JFK to Lagos, Nigeria1

June 9, 2009

Boeing 767-300ER

five times

Europe/Middle East

New York-JFK to Gothenberg, Sweden

June 11, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER

four times weekly*

New York-JFK to Prague, Czech Republic1

June 18, 2009

Boeing 767-300ER

three times weekly

New York-JFK to Valencia, Spain1

June 5, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER

four times weekly

New York-JFK to Zurich, Switzerland

June 8, 2009

Boeing 757-200ER



New York-JFK to Tel Aviv1  (second frequency)

June 30, 2009

Boeing 767-300ER

four times weekly*

1. Subject to government approval; Delta today applied with the U.S. Department of transportation seeking authority for the proposed new services on the New York-Tokyo, Atlanta-Luanda and Atlanta-Malabo routes; Delta’s wholly owned subsidiary, Northwest Airlines, Inc. applied for DOT authority to serve Tokyo-Ho Chi Minh City.
2. Replaces flight between Atlanta and Johannesburg via Dakar.
3. Flight operated under Northwest Airlines operating certificate.
4. Flight stops in Sal Island, Cape Verde.
5. Flight stops in Dakar, Senegal; Atlanta-Cape Town service replaces flight from New York-JFK to Cape Town.

To celebrate the new service Delta is offering special fares for travel on these new flights. Fares and details are available at

Customers flying on the new flights will have the opportunity to experience Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite service, offering a more personalized, comfortable and entertaining experience with all-leather sleeper seats, innovative food offerings from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and award-winning, original wine selections chosen by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. The airline’s on-demand personal in-seat entertainment boasts more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a variety of TV programs, a broad range of music, and a suite of 12 video games in both classes of service. The refurbished business-class experience is available on Delta’s fleet of international-range Boeing 767-300ER, 767-400ER and 777-200ER aircraft.

Delta’s new Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft offer seating for up to 276 passengers, including 43 BusinessElite seats manufactured by Contour Premium Aircraft Seating that recline to fully horizontal six-foot, three-inch beds. Seats are in a one-two-one configuration giving every BusinessElite customer direct aisle access.

Detailed information on Delta’s in-flight products and services, as well as fleet information is available at

The airline’s expanding global network also benefits Delta Cargo customers, opening up more opportunities to ship directly to more markets than any other carrier in the world.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest Airlines subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 375 destinations worldwide in 66 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta's marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta and its 75,000 worldwide employees are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at

Travel for some itineraries may be provided by Delta subsidiary Northwest Airlines or Delta Connection/Northwest Airlink carriers: Compass, Mesaba, Comair, Chautauqua, Pinnacle, ASA, Shuttle America and SkyWest.

*Editor’s note: As of Dec. 23, 2008, Delta had revised the route plans outlined in this news release to reflect anticipated changes in demand driven by economic conditions around the world.  The following changes should be noted:

  • New York-JFK to Gothenberg, Sweden – Service launch has been postponed beyond the originally announced date of June 11, 2009.  Delta will continue to evaluate customer demand for this service and hopes to launch this route in the future.
  • New York-JFK to Tel Aviv (second frequency) – Delta’s expansion on this route has been postponed beyond the originally announced date of June 30, 2009.  Delta will continue to evaluate customer demand for this service and hopes to be able to offer additional flights to Tel Aviv in the future.  During summer 2009, Delta will offer two daily round-trip flights to Tel Aviv: once-daily Boeing 777-200ER service from Atlanta and once-daily Boeing 767-300ER service from New York-JFK.
  • New York-JFK to Lagos, Nigeria – Delta will operate this route four-times weekly rather than five-times weekly. The service will complement Delta’s existing daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Lagos.

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