ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for January.  Load factors for international (76.3 percent), Latin (82.3 percent), domestic (74.9 percent) and system (75.4 percent) were higher than any previous January on record for Delta.

System traffic increased 2.5 percent from January 2007 on flat capacity.  International traffic increased 11.1 percent year over year on an 8.7 percent increase in capacity.  Domestic traffic in January 2008 decreased 1.4 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 3.6 percent.
 
In addition, Delta’s continued international expansion coupled with strong demand for Delta’s international product resulted in a record number of passengers flying internationally on Delta during the month of January.  The number of Pacific, Latin (regional affiliates), Atlantic and international passengers increased 38.4 percent, 31.8 percent, 11.7 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.
 
“In January, consolidated unit revenues increased significantly compared to the prior year period,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management.  “International unit revenues continued to show strong gains, particularly in the Atlantic and Latin regions, driven by increased yield and traffic. In addition, capacity reductions implemented in the domestic system resulted in the anticipated effect of increased yields, driving solid improvement in year-over-year domestic unit revenues.”

During January 2008, Delta operated its schedule at a 97.2 percent completion rate compared to 98.6 percent in January 2007. Delta boarded 8.1 million passengers during the month of January 2008, down 0.5 points year over year. 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 314 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 600 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 479 worldwide destinations in 107 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.


 

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Resultsa
 
 
January 2008
January 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):        
Domestic
6,007,761
6,093,116
(1.4%)
 
  Delta Mainline
4,667,508
4,792,111
(2.6%)
 
  Comair
338,498
349,998
(3.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,001,755
951,007
5.3%
 
International
3,067,903
2,762,396
11.1%
 
  Latin America
1,000,514
974,492
2.7%
 
   Delta Mainline
952,590
939,092
1.4%
 
   Comair
787
649
21.3%
 
   Contract Carriers
47,137
34,751
35.6%
 
  Atlantic
1,933,877
1,692,710
14.2%
 
  Pacific
133,512
95,194
40.3%
 
Total System
9,075,664
8,855,512
2.5%
 
         
ASMs (000):        
Domestic
8,021,368
8,318,851
(3.6%)
 
  Delta Mainline
6,147,416
6,429,418
(4.4%)
 
  Comair
513,073
552,935
(7.2%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,360,879
1,336,498
1.8%
 
International
4,019,555
3,697,650
8.7%
 
  Latin America
1,215,592
1,299,724
(6.5%)
 
   Delta Mainline
1,151,774
1,245,624
(7.5%)
 
   Comair
1,191
948
25.6%
 
   Contract Carriers
62,627
53,152
17.8%
 
  Atlantic
2,638,398
2,284,148
15.5%
 
  Pacific
165,565
113,778
45.5%
 
Total System
12,040,923
12,016,501
0.2%
 
         
Load Factor        
Domestic
74.9%
73.2%
1.7
pts
  Delta Mainline
75.9%
74.5%
1.4
pts
  Comair
66.0%
63.3%
2.7
pts
  Contract Carriers
73.6%
71.2%
2.4
pts
International
76.3%
74.7%
1.6
pts
  Latin America
82.3%
75.0%
7.3
pts
   Delta Mainline
82.7%
75.4%
7.3
pts
   Comair
66.1%
68.5%
(2.4)
pts
   Contract Carriers
75.3%
65.4%
9.9
pts
  Atlantic
73.3%
74.1%
(0.8)
pts
  Pacific
80.6%
83.7%
(3.1)
pts
Total System
75.4%
73.7%
1.7
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
8,058,031
8,101,755
(0.5%)
 
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.

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