ATLANTA, March 5, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for February. Load factors for system (74.9 percent), mainline system (75.0 percent), domestic (77.1 percent) and Latin (76.7 percent) were higher than any previous February on record for Delta.

System traffic in February 2008 increased 6.7 percent over February 2007 with a capacity increase of 5.6 percent. International traffic increased 13.1 percent year over year on a 12.9 percent increase in capacity. Domestic traffic in February 2008 increased 4.1 percent year over year on a capacity increase of 2.4 percent.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of February. The number of international, Atlantic and Latin passengers increased 10.6 percent, 14.4 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

“In February, international unit revenues continued to perform very well compared to the prior year period, driven by strong improvements in yield and traffic in the Atlantic and Pacific regions,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president - Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Domestic demand remained strong, demonstrated by another month of record load factors; however, yields have been pressured by competitor pricing actions that are inconsistent with recent record high fuel prices.”

Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 315 destinations in 59 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 650 weekly flights to 65 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 14,000 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 744 worldwide destinations in 151 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
February 2008
February 2007
Change
 

RPMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
5,882,426
5,651,342
4.1%
 
  Delta Mainline
4,561,026
4,418,495
3.2%
 
  Comair
315,048
297,203
6.0%
 
  Contract Carriers
1,006,352
935,644
7.6%
 
International
2,590,168
2,289,162
13.1%
 
  Latin America
891,580
826,796
7.8%
 
    Delta Mainline
840,975
792,810
6.1%
 
    Comair
1,351
708
90.8%
 
    Contract Carriers
49,254
33,278
48.0%
 
  Atlantic
1,598,077
1,376,830
16.1%
 
  Pacific
100,511
85,536
17.5%
 
System
8,472,594
7,940,504
6.7%
 
         

ASMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
7,631,864
7,455,084
2.4%
 
  Delta Mainline
5,865,070
5,762,722
1.8%
 
  Comair
459,013
447,690
2.5%
 
  Contract Carriers
1,307,781
1,244,672
5.1%
 
International
3,675,723
3,256,711
12.9%
 
  Latin America
1,162,480
1,171,748
(0.8%)
 
    Delta Mainline
1,095,007
1,121,128
(2.3%)
 
    Comair
1,704
1,011
68.5%
 
    Contract Carriers
65,769
49,609
32.6%
 
  Atlantic
2,373,814
1,982,234
19.8%
 
  Pacific
139,429
102,729
35.7%
 
System
11,307,587
10,711,795
5.6%
 
         

Load Factor

 
       
Domestic
77.1%
75.8%
1.3
pts
  Delta Mainline
77.8%
76.7%
1.1
pts
  Comair
68.6%
66.4%
2.2
pts
  Contract Carriers
77.0%
75.2%
1.8
pts
International
70.5%
70.3%
0.2
pts
  Latin America
76.7%
70.6%
6.1
pts
    Delta Mainline
76.8%
70.7%
6.1
pts
    Comair
79.3%
70.0%
9.3
pts
    Contract Carriers
74.9%
67.1%
7.8
pts
  Atlantic
67.3%
69.5%
(2.2)
pts
  Pacific
72.1%
83.3%
(11.2)
pts
System
74.9%
74.1%
0.8
pts
         

Passengers Boarded

 
7,909,140
7,527,101
5.1%
 
         

Completion Factor

 
98.4%
97.4%
1.0
pts
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. and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines, Inc beginning June 2007 and December 2007, respectively.
b Mainline system includes domestic Delta mainline, Latin Delta mainline, Atlantic and Pacific operations.

 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results (a,b)
 
 
February 2008
February 2007
Change
 

RPMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
11,890,187
11,744,458
1.2%
 
  Delta Mainline
9,228,534
9,210,606
0.2%
 
  Comair
653,546
647,201
1.0%
 
  Contract Carriers
2,008,107
1,886,651
6.4%
 
International
5,658,071
5,051,558
12.0%
 
  Latin America
1,892,094
1,801,288
5.0%
 
    Delta Mainline
1,793,565
1,731,902
3.6%
 
    Comair
2,138
1,357
57.6%
 
    Contract Carriers
96,391
68,029
41.7%
 
  Atlantic
3,531,954
3,069,540
15.1%
 
  Pacific
234,023
180,730
29.5%
 
Total System
17,548,258
16,796,016
4.5%
 
         

ASMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
15,653,232
15,773,935
(0.8%)
 
  Delta Mainline
12,012,486
12,192,140
(1.5%)
 
  Comair
972,086
1,000,625
(2.9%)
 
  Contract Carriers
2,668,660
2,581,170
3.4%
 
International
7,695,278
6,954,361
10.7%
 
  Latin America
2,378,072
2,471,472
(3.8%)
 
    Delta Mainline
2,246,781
2,366,752
(5.1%)
 
    Comair
2,895
1,959
47.8%
 
    Contract Carriers
128,396
102,761
24.9%
 
  Atlantic
5,012,212
4,266,382
17.5%
 
  Pacific
304,994
216,507
40.9%
 
Total System
23,348,510
22,728,296
2.7%
 
         

Load Factor

 
       
Domestic
76.0%
74.5%
1.5
pts
  Delta Mainline
76.8%
75.5%
1.3
pts
  Comair
67.2%
64.7%
2.5
pts
  Contract Carriers
75.2%
73.1%
2.1
pts
International
73.5%
72.6%
0.9
pts
  Latin America
79.6%
72.9%
6.7
pts
    Delta Mainline
79.8%
73.2%
6.6
pts
    Comair
73.9%
69.3%
4.6
pts
    Contract Carriers
75.1%
66.2%
8.9
pts
  Atlantic
70.5%
71.9%
(1.4)
pts
  Pacific
76.7%
83.5%
(6.8)
pts
Total System
75.2%
73.9%
1.3
pts
         

Passengers Boarded

 
15,967,171
15,628,856
2.2%
 
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. and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines, Inc beginning June 2007 and December 2007, respectively.
b Mainline system includes domestic Delta mainline, Latin Delta mainline, Atlantic and Pacific operations.

Related Topics:
Share