ATLANTA, April 3, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for March. Load factors for system (83.6 percent), mainline system (84.2 percent), domestic (84.5 percent) and Latin (81.9 percent) were higher than any previous March on record for Delta.

System traffic in March 2008 increased 2.3 percent over March 2007 with a capacity increase of 1.5 percent. International traffic increased 12.5 percent year over year on a 12.2 percent increase in capacity. Domestic traffic in March 2008 decreased 2.1 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 3.2 percent.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of March. The number of international, Atlantic and Latin passengers increased 11.9 percent, 10.1 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

“Internationally, we saw strong demand and solid unit revenue gains, and our international network continues to grow with the recent launch of flights to Heathrow and Shanghai,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. “On the domestic side, we moved quickly and aggressively to rationalize capacity in light of fuel prices and economic conditions. The benefits of these actions and our yield management initiatives, combined with the earlier Easter holiday, resulted in stronger year-over-year domestic unit revenue gains than seen last month.”

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 306 destinations in 58 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 37 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 517 weekly flights to 57 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 16,409 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 841 worldwide destinations in 162 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)
 
 
March 2008
March 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
7,133,764
7,286,579
(2.1%)
 
  Delta Mainline
5,548,054
5,712,265
(2.9%)
 
  Comair
406,355
399,642
1.7%
 
  Contract Carriers
1,179,355
1,174,672
0.4%
 
International
3,522,574
3,130,017
12.5%
 
  Latin America
1,072,505
955,199
12.3%
 
    Delta Mainline
1,008,456
913,662
10.4%
 
    Comair
1,969
1,192
65.2%
 
    Contract Carriers
62,080
40,345
53.9%
 
  Atlantic
2,319,235
2,072,774
11.9%
 
  Pacific
130,834
102,044
28.2%
 
System
10,656,338
10,416,596
2.3%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
8,440,731
8,716,370
(3.2%)
 
  Delta Mainline
6,472,083
6,733,340
(3.9%)
 
  Comair
528,785
527,215
0.3%
 
  Contract Carriers
1,439,863
1,455,815
(1.1%)
 
International
4,302,610
3,834,733
12.2%
 
  Latin America
1,309,080
1,224,497
6.9%
 
    Delta Mainline
1,228,367
1,168,338
5.1%
 
    Comair
2,305
1,326
73.8%
 
    Contract Carriers
78,408
54,833
43.0%
 
  Atlantic
2,826,972
2,496,437
13.2%
 
  Pacific
166,558
113,799
46.4%
 
System
12,743,341
12,551,103
1.5%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
84.5%
83.6%
0.9
pts
  Delta Mainline
85.7%
84.8%
0.9
pts
  Comair
76.8%
75.8%
1.0
pts
  Contract Carriers
81.9%
80.7%
1.2
pts
International
81.9%
81.6%
0.3
pts
  Latin America
81.9%
78.0%
3.9
pts
    Delta Mainline
82.1%
78.2%
3.9
pts
    Comair
85.4%
89.9%
(4.5)
pts
    Contract Carriers
79.2%
73.6%
5.6
pts
  Atlantic
82.0%
83.0%
(1.0)
pts
  Pacific
78.6%
89.7%
(11.1)
pts
System
83.6%
83.0%
0.6
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
9,619,091
9,696,321
(0.8%)
 
         
Completion Factor
98.1%
98.1%
0.0
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)
 
 
March 2008
March 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
19,023,951
19,031,037
(0.0%)
 
  Delta Mainline
14,776,588
14,922,871
(1.0%)
 
  Comair
1,059,901
1,046,843
1.2%
 
  Contract Carriers
3,187,462
3,061,323
4.1%
 
International
9,180,645
8,181,575
12.2%
 
  Latin America
2,964,599
2,756,487
7.5%
 
    Delta Mainline
2,802,021
2,645,564
5.9%
 
    Comair
4,107
2,549
61.1%
 
    Contract Carriers
158,471
108,374
46.2%
 
  Atlantic
5,851,189
5,142,314
13.8%
 
  Pacific
364,857
282,774
29.0%
 
Total System
28,204,596
27,212,612
3.6%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
24,093,963
24,490,305
(1.6%)
 
  Delta Mainline
18,484,569
18,925,480
(2.3%)
 
  Comair
1,500,871
1,527,840
(1.8%)
 
  Contract Carriers
4,108,523
4,036,985
1.8%
 
International
11,997,888
10,789,094
11.2%
 
  Latin America
3,687,152
3,695,969
(0.2%)
 
    Delta Mainline
3,475,148
3,535,090
(1.7%)
 
    Comair
5,200
3,285
58.3%
 
    Contract Carriers
206,804
157,594
31.2%
 
  Atlantic
7,839,184
6,762,819
15.9%
 
  Pacific
471,552
330,306
42.8%
 
Total System
36,091,851
35,279,399
2.3%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
79.0%
77.7%
1.3
pts
  Delta Mainline
79.9%
78.9%
1.0
pts
  Comair
70.6%
68.5%
2.1
pts
  Contract Carriers
77.6%
75.8%
1.8
pts
International
76.5%
75.8%
0.7
pts
  Latin America
80.4%
74.6%
5.8
pts
    Delta Mainline
80.6%
74.8%
5.8
pts
    Comair
79.0%
77.6%
1.4
pts
    Contract Carriers
76.6%
68.8%
7.8
pts
  Atlantic
74.6%
76.0%
(1.4)
pts
  Pacific
77.4%
85.6%
(8.2)
pts
Total System
78.1%
77.1%
1.0
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
25,586,262
25,325,177
1.0%
 

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

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