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Delta Air Lines Announces $929 Million Profit Excluding Special Items

Company reports GAAP profit of $363 million, after $185 million in profit sharing expense

Oct 20, 2010

ATLANTA, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial results for the September 2010 quarter.  Key points include:

  • Delta's net income for the September 2010 quarter was $929 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, excluding special items(1).  This is an $878 million improvement year over year.  
  • Delta's GAAP net income was $363 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the September 2010 quarter.
  • Results include $185 million in profit sharing expense, in recognition of Delta employees' achievements toward meeting the company's financial targets, bringing total profit sharing expense for the year to date to $275 million.
  • Delta executed $750 million in debt reduction and delevering initiatives during the quarter and ended the September 2010 quarter with $5.5 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

"This quarter's profit is evidence of the success of our merger.  We are making progress toward our goal of consistent profitability with 10-12% annual operating margins and we expect to be profitable for the December quarter," said Richard Anderson, Delta's chief executive officer.  "These results would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Delta people and we are pleased to recognize their contributions with an additional $185 million this quarter for our profit sharing program."  

Revenue Environment

Total operating revenue for the September 2010 quarter was $9.0 billion, an increase of $1.4 billion, or 18%, compared to the same period last year.

  • Passenger revenue increased 19%, or $1.3 billion, compared to the prior year period on 2% higher capacity.  Passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 16%, driven by a 16% improvement in yield.
  • Cargo revenue increased 28%, or $50 million, on both higher volume and yield.
  • Other, net revenue increased 9%, or $75 million, primarily due to baggage fees.

Comparisons of revenue-related statistics are as follows:






Increase (Decrease)





3Q10 versus 3Q09





Change

Unit



Passenger Revenue

3Q10 ($M)


YOY

Revenue

Yield

Capacity


Domestic

$ 3,259


12%

9%

11%

3%


Atlantic

1,698


25%

25%

23%

1%


Pacific

881


54%

45%

36%

6%


Latin America

366


24%

16%

15%

7%


Total mainline

6,204


21%

18%

18%

3%


Regional

1,571


12%

13%

14%

(1)%


Consolidated

$ 7,775


19%

16%

16%

2%












"Delta's revenue performance exceeded our expectations for the quarter, with especially strong performance from our international markets," said Ed Bastian, Delta's president.  "We see demand strength through the holiday period and expect solid year over year unit revenue growth for the December quarter."

Cost Performance

In the September 2010 quarter, Delta's operating expense increased $577 million year over year due to higher fuel price, profit sharing expense and maintenance expense, which were partially offset by incremental merger cost synergies.

Consolidated unit cost (CASM(2)), excluding fuel, profit sharing and special items, was flat in the September 2010 quarter on a year-over-year basis, on 2% higher capacity.  Consolidated CASM increased 6% due to higher fuel price and profit sharing expense.

Non-operating expenses excluding special items decreased $23 million on lower debt discount amortization from Delta's debt reduction initiatives.  Including special items, non-operating expenses were $254 million higher than the prior year quarter due to a primarily non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt, including the write-off of unamortized debt discount recorded as part of the Northwest merger.

Fuel Price and Related Hedges

Delta hedged 51% of its fuel consumption for the September 2010 quarter, for an average fuel price(3) of $2.29 per gallon.  The table below represents fuel hedges Delta had in place as of Oct. 15, 2010:



4Q10

1Q11

2Q11

3Q11

Call options

21%

20%

32%

19%

Collars

20%

19%

9%

12%

Swaps

23%

17%

5%

3%

Total

64%

56%

46%

34%






Average crude call strike

$ 83

$ 83

$ 85

$ 86

Average crude collar cap

87

90

84

89

Average crude collar floor

75

75

73

76

Average crude swap

77

79

81

81




Liquidity Position

As of Sep. 30, 2010, Delta had $5.5 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $3.9 billion in cash and short-term investments and $1.6 billion in undrawn revolving credit facilities.  During the September 2010 quarter, operating cash flow was $515 million, driven by the company's profitability partially offset by the normal seasonal decline in advance ticket sales.  Free cash flow was $150 million in the September 2010 quarter.  

Capital expenditures during the quarter were $360 million, which included $305 million for investments in aircraft, parts and modifications.

In the September 2010 quarter, Delta successfully completed $750 million in debt reduction and delevering initiatives.  The initiatives included successfully tendering for $300 million of the company's debt, achieving $160 million of debt relief through vendor negotiations, repurchasing $153 million in debt through open market transactions and private purchases, calling $75 million of 9.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2014 and reducing the company's lease expense by purchasing aircraft off lease.

Debt maturities in the September 2010 quarter were $295 million.  The company issued $225 million of debt for aircraft purchases.  At Sep. 30, Delta's adjusted net debt was $15.2 billion, a $400 million reduction from June 30, 2010.

"Building a solid financial foundation through debt reduction and cost discipline is a cornerstone of Delta's strategy," said Hank Halter, Delta's chief financial officer.  "Through the hard work of the Delta team, we have lowered our adjusted net debt by nearly $2 billion since the end of 2009 and will reduce our non-fuel unit costs by 1% for the year."

Company Highlights

Delta has a strong commitment to employees, customers and the communities it serves.  Key accomplishments in 2010 to date include:

  • Accruing $275 million in employee profit sharing to date, in recognition of the achievements of all Delta employees toward meeting the company's financial targets;
  • Unveiling plans for a $1.2 billion enhancement and expansion project at John F. Kennedy International Airport to create a state-of-the-art facility.  Delta also introduced improvements to the Sky Club experience at New York-JFK with the introduction of full-service made-to-order meals and premium beverage service and is reinventing the customer dining experience at New York's LaGuardia Airport with the introduction of 13 new food and beverage concepts;
  • Expanding Delta's network to offer customers the routes they want and need to do business worldwide.  Additions to the network include more frequencies between Delta's US gateways and London-Heathrow, new service to Tokyo-Haneda beginning in February 2011 and increased service to Africa where Delta serves more destinations than any other US carrier;
  • Enhancing Delta's global alliance network with TAROM, Romania's flag carrier, and Vietnam Airlines joining SkyTeam and supporting the decision of China Eastern and China Airlines to join SkyTeam in 2011;
  • Signing a new codesharing agreement with Hawaiian Airlines that will offer Delta's customers access to connecting flights within the Hawaiian Islands;
  • Issuing Delta's Corporate Responsibility Report detailing the company's environmental, safety and community service performance over the past two years, including reducing annual CO2 emissions and implementing the airline industry's first comprehensive in-flight recycling program;
  • Launching a new advertising campaign reflecting Delta's commitment to face the daily challenges of making flying better.  The campaign began in New York and is expanding to other cities, including Atlanta, London and Tokyo;
  • Launching the industry's first social media 'Ticket Window' to permit bookings directly from Delta's Facebook page and other social media sites; and
  • Promoting awareness of breast cancer research with a new Boeing 767-400 signature "pink plane;" online with a virtual lemonade stand on Facebook and SkyMiles donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation when customers download the Delta iPhone application or use the app to check in; and onboard by donating proceeds from pink lemonade and jelly bean sales.

Special Items

Delta recorded special items totaling a $566 million charge in the September 2010 quarter, including:

  • $360 million in primarily non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt;
  • $153 million in costs related to the Comair fleet reduction; and
  • $53 million in merger-related expenses.

Delta recorded special items totaling a $212 million charge in the September 2009 quarter, including:

  • $83 million in non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt;
  • $78 million in merger-related expenses; and
  • $51 million in severance and related costs.

December 2010 Quarter Guidance

Delta's projections for the December 2010 quarter are below.



4Q 2010 Forecast



Operating margin

6 – 8%

Fuel price, including taxes and hedges

$ 2.45

Capital expenditures

$ 300 million

Total liquidity at end of period

$ 5.2 billion




4Q 2010 Forecast

(compared to 4Q 2009)



Consolidated unit costs – excluding fuel expense and profit sharing

Down 3 – 5%

Mainline unit costs – excluding fuel expense and profit sharing

Down 1 – 3%



System capacity

Up 5 – 7%

    Domestic

Up 3 – 5 %

    International

Up 10 – 12%



Mainline capacity

Up 6 – 8%

    Domestic

Up 5 – 7%

    International

Up 10 – 12%




Other Matters

Included with this press release are Delta's unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended Sep. 30, 2010 and 2009; a statistical summary for those periods; selected balance sheet data as of Sep. 30, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2009; and a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 351 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

Endnotes

(1) Note A to the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

(2) Delta excludes from consolidated unit cost ancillary businesses which are not related to the generation of a seat mile, including aircraft maintenance and staffing services which Delta provides to third parties, Delta's vacation wholesale operations (MLT) and Delta's dedicated freighter operations through 2009. Similarly, Delta excludes from passenger unit revenues, and includes in other revenue, revenues Delta received for providing aircraft maintenance and staffing services to third parties, MLT and freighter operations through 2009.  Management believes these classifications provide a more consistent and comparable reflection of Delta's consolidated operations.

(3) Delta's September 2010 quarter average fuel price of $2.29 per gallon reflects the consolidated cost per gallon for mainline and regional operations, including contract carrier operations, net of fuel hedge impact.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the cost of aircraft fuel; the effects of the global recession; the effects of the global financial crisis; the impact of posting collateral in connection with our fuel hedge contracts;  the impact that our indebtedness will have on our financial and operating activities and our ability to incur additional debt; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements will have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of our merger with Northwest; the integration of the Delta and Northwest workforces; interruptions or disruptions in service at one of our hub airports; our increasing dependence on technology in our operations; our ability to retain management and key employees; the ability of our credit card processors to take significant holdbacks in certain circumstances; the effects of terrorist attacks; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; and competitive conditions in the airline industry.  

Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause differences between actual results and forward-looking statements is contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2009 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2010.  Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of Oct. 20, 2010, and which we have no current intention to update.


DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended Sep. 30,





(in millions, except per share data)

2010


2009


$ Change


% Change










Operating Revenue:









Passenger:









   Mainline

$  6,204


$  5,122


$  1,082


21%


   Regional carriers

1,571


1,402


169


12%


 Total passenger revenue

7,775


6,524


1,251


19%


Cargo

227


177


50


28%


Other, net

948


873


75


9%


 Total operating revenue

8,950


7,574


1,376


18%










Operating Expense:









Aircraft fuel and related taxes

2,023


1,973


50


3%


Salaries and related costs

1,669


1,722


(53)


-3%


Contract carrier arrangements(1)

1,236


1,009


227


22%


Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

405


334


71


21%


Contracted services

398


390


8


2%


Passenger commissions and other selling expenses

404


384


20


5%


Depreciation and amortization

375


385


(10)


-3%


Landing fees and other rents

331


340


(9)


-3%


Passenger service

190


181


9


5%


Aircraft rent

92


123


(31)


-25%


Profit sharing

185


-


185


NM


Restructuring and merger-related items

206


129


77


60%


Other

433


400


33


8%


 Total operating expense

7,947


7,370


577


8%










Operating Income

1,003


204


799


NM










Other (Expense) Income:









Interest expense

(256)


(217)


(39)


18%


Amortization of debt discount, net

(53)


(102)


49


-48%


Interest income

7


4


3


75%


Loss on extinguishment of debt

(360)


(83)


(277)


NM


Miscellaneous, net

25


15


10


67%


 Total other expense, net

(637)


(383)


(254)


66%










Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

366


(179)


545


NM










Income Tax (Provision) Benefit

(3)


18


(21)


NM










Net Income (Loss)

$  363


$  (161)


$  524


NM










Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share

$  0.43


$  (0.19)





Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share

$  0.43


$  (0.19)














Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

835


828





Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

842


828














(1) Contract carrier arrangements expense includes $383 million and $251 million for the three months ended Sep. 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, for aircraft fuel and related taxes.  The operations under contract carrier arrangements with Mesaba and Compass Airlines are included only for the three months ended Sep. 30, 2010 as these formerly wholly-owned subsidiaries were sold on July 1, 2010.




DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)



Nine Months Ended Sep. 30,





(in millions, except per share data)

2010


2009


$ Change


% Change










Operating Revenue:









Passenger:









   Mainline

$  16,170


$  14,053


$  2,117


15%


   Regional carriers

4,420


3,975


445


11%


 Total passenger revenue

20,590


18,028


2,562


14%


Cargo

614


535


79


15%


Other, net

2,762


2,695


67


2%


 Total operating revenue

$  23,966


$  21,258


$  2,708


13%










Operating Expense:









Aircraft fuel and related taxes

5,666


5,678


(12)


-%


Salaries and related costs

5,043


5,151


(108)


-2%


Contract carrier arrangements(1)

3,125


2,882


243


8%


Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

1,174


1,150


24


2%


Contracted services

1,156


1,176


(20)


-2%


Passenger commissions and other selling expenses

1,145


1,069


76


7%


Depreciation and amortization

1,139


1,152


(13)


-1%


Landing fees and other rents

968


971


(3)


-%


Passenger service

493


477


16


3%


Aircraft rent

305


363


(58)


-16%


Profit sharing

275


-


275


NM


Restructuring and merger-related items

342


286


56


20%


Other

1,212


1,181


31


3%


 Total operating expense

22,043


21,536


507


2%










Operating Income (Loss)

1,923


(278)


2,201


NM










Other (Expense) Income:









Interest expense

(780)


(647)


(133)


21%


Amortization of debt discount, net

(170)


(304)


134


-44%


Interest income

30


23


7


30%


Loss on extinguishment of debt

(360)


(83)


(277)


NM


Miscellaneous, net

(55)


63


(118)


NM


 Total other expense, net

(1,335)


(948)


(387)


41%










Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

588


(1,226)


1,814


NM










Income Tax (Provision) Benefit

(14)


14


(28)


NM










Net Income (Loss)

$  574


$  (1,212)


$  1,786


NM










Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share

$  0.69


$  (1.47)





Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share

$  0.68


$  (1.47)














Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

834


826





Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

842


826














(1) Contract carrier arrangements expense includes $923 million and $658 million for the nine months ended Sep. 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, for aircraft fuel and related taxes.  The operations under contract carrier arrangements with Mesaba and Compass Airlines are included only from July 1 through Sep. 30, 2010 as these formerly wholly-owned subsidiaries were sold on July 1, 2010.




DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Selected Balance Sheet Data






Sep. 30,


Dec. 31,

(in millions)


2010


2009



(Unaudited)



Cash and cash equivalents


$  3,436


$ 4,607

Short-term investments


439


71

Restricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments    

    (short-term and long-term)


456


444

Total assets


43,153


43,539

Total debt and capital leases, including current maturities


15,365


17,198

Total stockholders' equity


715


245









DELTA AIR LINES, INC.


Combined Statistical Summary

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended Sep. 30,







2010


2009


Change











Consolidated(1):









Revenue Passenger Miles (millions)


54,675


53,371


2%



Available Seat Miles (millions)


63,658


62,234


2%



Passenger Mile Yield


14.22

cents

12.22

cents

16%



Passenger Revenue per Available Seat Mile (PRASM)


12.21

cents

10.48

cents

16%



Operating Cost Per Available Seat Mile (CASM)


12.22

cents

11.56

cents

6%



    CASM excluding Certain Items - See Note A


11.61

cents

11.35

cents

2%



    CASM excluding Fuel and Certain Items(2) - See Note A

7.84

cents

7.82

cents

0%



Passenger Load Factor


85.9

%

85.8

%

0.1

pts


Fuel Gallons Consumed (millions)


1,051


1,043


1%



Average Price Per Fuel Gallon, Net of Hedging Activity


$  2.29


$  2.13


8%



Number of Aircraft in Fleet, End of Period


821


1,001


  (180)

Aircraft


Full-Time Equivalent Employees, End of Period


79,005


81,740


-3%











Mainline:









Revenue Passenger Miles (millions)


47,984


46,552


3%



Available Seat Miles (millions)


55,276


53,772


3%



Operating Cost Per Available Seat Mile (CASM)


11.02

cents

10.54

cents

5%



    CASM excluding Certain Items - See Note A


10.59

cents

10.31

cents

3%



    CASM excluding Fuel and Certain Items - See Note A


7.05

cents

6.94

cents

2%



Fuel Gallons Consumed (millions)


856


845


1%



Average Price Per Fuel Gallon, Net of Hedging Activity


$  2.29


$  2.18


5%



Number of Aircraft in Fleet, End of Period


725


750


(25)

Aircraft



1 Except for full-time equivalent employees and number of aircraft in fleet, data presented includes operations under our contract carrier arrangements.

2 Excludes $383 million and $251 million for the September 2010 and 2009 quarters, respectively, for fuel expense incurred under contract carrier arrangements.




DELTA AIR LINES, INC.



Combined Statistical Summary

(Unaudited)








Nine Months Ended Sep. 30,







2010


2009


Change











Consolidated(1):









Revenue Passenger Miles (millions)


146,936


145,384


1%



Available Seat Miles (millions)


175,657


177,003


-1%



Passenger Mile Yield


14.01

cents

12.40

cents

13%



Passenger Revenue per Available Seat Mile (PRASM)


11.72

cents

10.19

cents

15%



Operating Cost Per Available Seat Mile (CASM)


12.28

cents

11.85

cents

4%



    CASM excluding Certain Items - See Note A


11.93

cents

11.69

cents

2%



    CASM excluding Fuel and Certain Items (2) - See Note A

8.18

cents

8.16

cents

0%



Passenger Load Factor


83.6

%

82.1

%

1.5

pts


Fuel Gallons Consumed (millions)


2,887


2,951


-2%



Average Price Per Fuel Gallon, Net of Hedging Activity


$  2.28


$  2.15


6%



Number of Aircraft in Fleet, End of Period


821


1,001


(180)

Aircraft


Full-Time Equivalent Employees, End of Period


79,005


81,740


-3%











Mainline:









Revenue Passenger Miles (millions)


127,913


126,169


1%



Available Seat Miles (millions)


151,528


152,141


0%



Operating Cost Per Available Seat Mile (CASM)


11.17

cents

10.92

cents

2%



    CASM excluding Certain Items - See Note A


10.87

cents

10.74

cents

1%



    CASM excluding Fuel and Certain Items - See Note A


7.36

cents

7.28

cents

1%



Fuel Gallons Consumed (millions)


2,335


2,378


-2%



Average Price Per Fuel Gallon, Net of Hedging Activity


$  2.28


$  2.24


2%



Number of Aircraft in Fleet, End of Period


725


750


(25)

Aircraft



1 Except for full-time equivalent employees and number of aircraft in fleet, data presented includes operations under our contract carrier arrangements.

2 Excludes $923 million and $658 million for the nine months ended Sep. 30, 2010 and 2009 quarters, respectively, for fuel expense incurred under contract carrier arrangements.



Note A: The following tables show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures.  The reasons Delta uses these measures are described below.

  • We sometimes use information that is derived from our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, but that is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Certain of this information is considered "non-GAAP financial measures" under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules.  The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results.

  • Delta is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP, including projected consolidated non-fuel cost per available seat mile (CASM) and Mainline non-fuel CASM, as the nature or amount of special items cannot be estimated at this time.

  • Delta excludes special items because management believes the exclusion of these items is helpful to investors to evaluate the company's recurring operational performance.

  • Delta presents net capital expenditures because management believes this metric is helpful to investors to evaluate the company's investing activities.

  • Delta presents free cash flow because management believes this metric is helpful to investors to evaluate the company's ability to generate cash.

  • Delta uses adjusted total debt, including aircraft rent, in addition to long-term adjusted debt and capital leases, to present estimated financial obligations. Delta reduces adjusted total debt by cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, resulting in adjusted net debt, to present the amount of additional assets needed to satisfy the debt.

  • Delta presents consolidated and Mainline CASM excluding fuel expense and related taxes because management believes the volatility in fuel prices impacts the comparability of year-over-year financial performance.

  • Consolidated and Mainline CASM excludes ancillary businesses not associated with the generation of a seat mile.  These businesses include aircraft maintenance and staffing services Delta provides to third parties, Delta's vacation wholesale operations and its dedicated freighter operations, which we discontinued on Dec. 31, 2009.

  • Delta excludes profit sharing expense from CASM because management believes the exclusion of this item provides a more meaningful comparison of the Company's CASM to the airline industry and prior year results.




Three Months Ended Sep. 30,

(in millions)

2010


2009

Net income (loss)

$  363


$  (161)

Items excluded:




Loss on extinguishment of debt

360


83

Restructuring and merger-related items

206


129

Net income excluding special items

$  929


$  51

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

842



Earnings per share excluding special items

$1.10









Three Months Ended

(in millions)

Sep. 30, 2010

Flight equipment, including advance payments (GAAP)

$  304

Ground property and equipment, including technology (GAAP)

93

Adjustments:


Proceeds on sale of subsidiary

(21)

Other

(15)

Total capital expenditures

$  361







Three Months Ended

(in millions)

Sep. 30, 2010

Payment on long-term debt and capital lease obligations

$  924

Adjustments:


Debt reduction initiative

(574)

Other

(57)

Total debt maturities

$  293






Three Months Ended


Sep. 30, 2010

(in millions)


Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

$  514

Net cash used in investing activities  (GAAP)

(802)

Adjustments:


Purchase of investments

439

Other

(1)

Total free cash flow

$  150







(in billions)

Sep. 30, 2010


June 30, 2010


Dec. 31, 2009

Debt and capital lease obligations

$  15.4



$  15.8



$  17.2


Plus: unamortized discount, net from purchase accounting and fresh start reporting

0.7



1.0



1.1


Adjusted debt and capital lease obligations


$  16.1



$  16.8



$18.3

Plus: 7x last twelve months' aircraft rent


3.0



3.2



3.4

Adjusted total debt


19.1



20.0



21.7

Less: cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments


(3.9)



(4.4)



(4.7)

Adjusted net debt


$  15.2



$15.6



$  17.0







Three Months Ended Sep. 30,

(in millions)

2010


2009

Non operating expense

$  637


$  383

Item excluded:




Loss on extinguishment of debt

(360)


(83)

Non-operating expense excluding special items

$  277


$  300






Three Months Ended Sep. 30,


Nine Months Ended Sep. 30,



2010


2009


2010


2009


CASM

12.48

cents

11.84

cents

12.55

cents

12.17

cents

Ancillary businesses

(0.26)


(0.28)


(0.27)


(0.32)


CASM excluding items not related









  to generation of a seat mile

12.22

cents

11.56

cents

12.28

cents

11.85

cents

Items excluded:









Profit sharing

(0.29)


-


(0.16)


-


Restructuring and merger-related items

(0.32)


(0.21)


(0.19)


(0.16)


CASM excluding profit sharing and special items

11.61

cents

11.35

cents

11.93

cents

11.69

cents

Fuel expense and related taxes

(3.77)


(3.53)


(3.75)


(3.53)


CASM excluding fuel expense









  and related taxes, profit sharing and special items

7.84

cents

7.82

cents

8.18

cents

8.16

cents















Three Months Ended Sep. 30,


Nine Months Ended Sep. 30,


(in millions, except per cent data)

2010


2009


2010


2009


Consolidated operating expense

$7,947


$7,370


$22,043


$21,536


Less regional carriers operating expense

(1,708)


(1,527)


(4,695)


(4,347)


Mainline operating expense

$6,239


$5,843


$17,348


$17,189


Mainline CASM

11.29

cents

10.87

cents

11.45

cents

11.30

cents

Ancillary businesses

(0.27)


(0.33)


(0.28)


(0.38)


Mainline CASM excluding items not related









  to generation of a seat mile

11.02

cents

10.54

cents

11.17

cents

10.92

cents

Items excluded:









Profit sharing

(0.33)


-


(0.18)


-


Restructuring and merger-related items

(0.10)


(0.23)


(0.12)


(0.18)


Mainline CASM excluding profit sharing and special items

10.59

cents

10.31

cents

10.87

cents

10.74

cents

Fuel expense and related taxes

(3.54)


(3.37)


(3.51)


(3.46)


Mainline CASM excluding fuel expense









  and related taxes, profit sharing and special items

7.05

cents

6.94

cents

7.36

cents

7.28

cents













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