ATLANTA, Sept. 6, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for August 2007. Load factors for the month for consolidated system (84.3 percent), mainline system (84.8 percent), total Latin America system (81.2 percent), total domestic (86.3 percent), mainline domestic (87.6 percent) and regional (81.6 percent) were all records for the month of August.

System traffic increased 8.8 percent from August 2006 with a capacity increase of 3.1 percent.  Domestic traffic in August 2007 increased 4.7 percent year-over-year on a 2.6 percent decrease in capacity. International traffic in August 2007 increased 18.1 percent year over year on a 15.6 percent increase in capacity.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of August. The number of international, Latin America and Atlantic passengers increased 17 percent, 24 percent and 11 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

"August unit revenues improved significantly year-over-year, driven by record load factors and strong international yields," said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president - network planning and revenue management. "We expect September 2007 quarter operating revenues to be the highest in Delta’s history – further demonstrating that our strategy of shifting domestic capacity to unique international markets is working."

Delta completed 98.8 percent of scheduled flights during the month relative to 98.6 percent in August 2006. Delta boarded 10.2 million passengers during August 2007, an increase of 7.9 percent from August 2006. Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 315 destinations in 54 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than all other major U.S. airlines combined and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 400 weekly flights to 54 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 477 worldwide destinations in 103 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

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 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; 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; 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 Delta’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2007. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on Delta’s forward-looking statements, which represent Delta’s views only as of Sept. 6, 2007, and which Delta has no current intention to update.

 

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a)
 
 
 August 2007
August 2006
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
7,922,620
7,568,799
4.7%
 
  Delta Mainline
6,211,973
6,020,708
3.2%
 
  Comair
431,786
504,278
(14.4%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,278,861
1,043,813
22.5%
 
International
3,983,973
3,374,492
18.1%
 
  Latin America
964,260
789,233
22.2%
 
    Delta Mainline
908,583
765,305
18.7%
 
    Comair
554
1,634
(66.1%)
 
    Contract Carriers
55,123
22,294
147.3%
 
  Atlantic
2,861,253
2,482,084
15.3%
 
  Pacific
158,460
103,175
53.6%
 
Total System
11,906,593
10,943,291
8.8%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
9,180,960
9,427,754
(2.6%)
 
  Delta Mainline
7,089,610
7,401,941
(4.2%)
 
  Comair
533,602
669,426
(20.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,557,748
1,356,387
14.8%
 
International
4,937,507
4,272,392
15.6%
 
  Latin America
1,187,088
1,036,919
14.5%
 
    Delta Mainline
1,113,158
1,003,677
10.9%
 
    Comair
632
2,191
(71.2%)
 
    Contract Carriers
73,298
31,051
136.1%
 
  Atlantic
3,571,470
3,121,811
14.4%
 
  Pacific
178,949
113,662
57.4%
 
Total System
14,118,467
13,700,146
3.1%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
86.3%
80.3%
6.0
pts
  Delta Mainline
87.6%
81.3%
6.3
pts
  Comair
80.9%
75.3%
5.6
pts
  Contract Carriers
82.1%
77.0%
5.1
pts
International
80.7%
79.0%
1.7
pts
  Latin America
81.2%
76.1%
5.1
pts
    Delta Mainline
81.6%
76.3%
5.3
pts
    Comair
87.7%
74.6%
13.1
pts
    Contract Carriers
75.2%
71.8%
3.4
pts
  Atlantic
80.1%
79.5%
0.6
pts
  Pacific
88.6%
90.8%
(2.2)
pts
Total System
84.3%
79.9%
4.4
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
      10,193,732
9,449,204
7.9%
 

Endnote:

a Results reflect operations under our contract carrier arrangements with the following airlines: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., Freedom Airlines, Inc., Shuttle America Corp., SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines beginning June 2007.


Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results(a)
 
 
August 2007
August 2006
Change
 
RPMs (000):
 
       
Domestic
 
56,309,959
56,530,286
(0.4%)
 
  Delta Mainline
 
44,104,734
45,182,051
(2.4%)
 
  Comair
 
3,089,190
3,590,752
(14.0%)
 
  Contract Carriers
 
9,116,035
7,757,483
17.5%
 
International
 
26,731,153
22,612,304
18.2%
 
  Latin America
 
7,306,358
5,765,144
26.7%
 
    Delta Mainline
 
6,957,616
5,597,142
24.3%
 
    Comair
 
6,806
32,430
(79.0%)
 
    Contract Carriers
 
341,936
135,572
152.2%
 
  Atlantic
 
18,504,936
16,066,492
15.2%
 
  Pacific
 
919,859
780,668
17.8%
 
Total System
 
83,041,112
79,142,590
4.9%
 
         
ASMs (000):
 
       
Domestic
 
68,179,445
71,279,077
(4.3%)
 
  Delta Mainline
 
52,632,903
56,620,648
(7.0%)
 
  Comair
 
4,087,268
4,811,243
(15.0%)
 
  Contract Carriers
 
11,459,274
9,847,186
16.4%
 
International
 
33,561,723
28,513,547
17.7%
 
  Latin America
 
9,596,591
7,696,285
24.7%
 
    Delta Mainline
 
9,111,577
7,474,295
21.9%
 
    Comair
 
8,473
43,883
(80.7%)
 
    Contract Carriers
 
476,541
178,107
167.6%
 
  Atlantic
 
22,889,236
19,927,053
14.9%
 
  Pacific
 
1,075,896
890,209
20.9%
 
Total System
 
101,741,168
99,792,624
2.0%
 
         
Load Factor
 
       
Domestic
 
82.6%
79.3%
3.3
pts
  Delta Mainline
 
83.8%
79.8%
4.0
pts
  Comair
 
75.6%
74.6%
1.0
pts
  Contract Carriers
 
79.6%
78.8%
0.8
pts
International
 
79.6%
79.3%
0.3
pts
  Latin America
 
76.1%
74.9%
1.2
pts
    Delta Mainline
 
76.4%
74.9%
1.5
pts
    Comair
 
80.3%
73.9%
6.4
pts
    Contract Carriers
 
71.8%
76.1%
(4.3)
pts
  Atlantic
 
80.8%
80.6%
0.2
pts
  Pacific
 
85.5%
87.7%
(2.2)
pts
Total System
 
81.6%
79.3%
2.3
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
 
74,225,162
72,244,088
2.7%
 

Endnote:

a Results reflect operations under our contract carrier arrangements with the following airlines: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., Freedom Airlines, Inc., Shuttle America Corp., SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines beginning June 2007.

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