ATLANTA, June 4, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for May 2008. Load factors for system (82.9 percent), domestic (84.2 percent), Latin (77.6 percent) and regional system (80.8 percent) were higher than any previous May on record for Delta.

System traffic in May 2008 increased 4.2 percent over May 2007 with a capacity increase of 1.5 percent. As a result of Delta’s combination of unique markets and improved product offerings international traffic remained strong in May, increasing 20.9 percent year over year on a 17.4 percent increase in capacity. Delta’s international load factor was 80.8 percent, an increase of 2.3 points compared to May 2007. Domestic traffic in May 2008 decreased 3.8 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 6.5 percent.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during May. The number of international, Atlantic and Latin passengers increased 14.9 percent, 17.4 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

“May’s strong unit revenue performance was driven by Delta’s expanding international presence and the company’s commitment to domestic capacity rationalization,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. “With continued yield growth, summer demand strength and growth in our cargo and ancillary revenues, we expect a solid summer. Our pre-emptive move in March to cut capacity for this fall leaves us well positioned to continue to deliver on our revenue targets.”

Detailed traffic and capacity are shown below.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 324 destinations in 62 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 43 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 600 weekly flights to 62 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 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 474 worldwide destinations in 104 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, 2007 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2008. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on Delta’s forward-looking statements, which represent Delta’s views only as of June 4, 2008, and which Delta has no current intention to update.
 
 

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a)
 
 
May 2008
May 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
6,537,219
6,798,216
(3.8%)
 
  Delta Mainline
5,031,827
5,277,936
(4.7%)
 
  Comair
382,130
388,723
(1.7%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,123,262
1,131,557
(0.7%)
 
International
3,971,206
3,283,396
20.9%
 
 Latin America
832,978
747,695
11.4%
 
    Delta Mainline
786,705
713,010
10.3%
 
    Comair
0
1,071
NA
 
    Contract Carriers
46,273
33,614
37.7%
 
  Atlantic
2,892,393
2,438,260
18.6%
 
  Pacific
245,835
97,441
152.3%
 
System
10,508,425
10,081,612
4.2%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
7,760,585
8,298,887
(6.5%)
 
  Delta Mainline
5,902,924
6,380,057
(7.5%)
 
  Comair
489,153
505,867
(3.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,368,508
1,412,963
(3.1%)
 
International
4,912,730
4,183,198
17.4%
 
  Latin America
1,073,514
1,073,555
0.0%
 
    Delta Mainline
1,010,534
1,022,236
(1.1%)
 
    Comair
0
1,370
NA
 
    Contract Carriers
62,980
49,949
26.1%
 
  Atlantic
3,517,576
2,995,906
17.4%
 
  Pacific
321,640
113,737
182.8%
 
System
12,673,315
12,482,085
1.5%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
84.2%
81.9%
2.3
 pts
  Delta Mainline
85.2%
82.7%
2.5
 pts
  Comair
78.1%
76.8%
1.3
 pts
  Contract Carriers
82.1%
80.1%
2.0
 pts
International
80.8%
78.5%
2.3
 pts
  Latin America
77.6%
69.6%
8.0
 pts
    Delta Mainline
77.9%
69.8%
8.1
 pts
    Comair
0.0%
78.2%
NA
 pts
    Contract Carriers
73.5%
67.3%
6.2
 pts
  Atlantic
82.2%
81.4%
0.8
 pts
  Pacific
76.4%
85.7%
(9.3)
 pts
System
82.9%
80.8%
2.1
 pts
         
Passengers Boarded
8,960,838
9,134,570
(1.9%)
 
         
Completion Factor
99.6%
99.5%
0.1
pts
         
Cargo Ton Miles:
       
  Mail
6,337,000
4,963,911
27.7%
 
  Freight
98,368,203
89,196,719
10.3%
 
  Total System
104,705,203
94,160,630
11.2%
 

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.
 

 
 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results (a)
 
 
May 2008
May 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
32,128,359
32,645,225
(1.6%)
 
  Delta Mainline
24,861,835
25,525,061
(2.6%)
 
  Comair
1,828,622
1,815,207
0.7%
 
  Contract Carriers
5,437,902
5,304,957
2.5%
 
International
16,654,566
14,472,467
15.1%
 
  Latin America
4,647,655
4,334,630
7.2%
 
    Delta Mainline
4,385,900
4,151,854
5.6%
 
    Comair
5,202
4,690
10.9%
 
    Contract Carriers
256,553
178,086
44.1%
 
  Atlantic
11,200,909
9,669,935
15.8%
 
  Pacific
806,002
467,902
72.3%
 
Total System
48,782,925
47,117,692
3.5%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
39,774,523
41,020,941
(3.0%)
 
  Delta Mainline
30,396,963
31,645,585
(3.9%)
 
  Comair
2,493,998
2,523,801
(1.2%)
 
  Contract Carriers
6,883,562
6,851,555
0.5%
 
International
21,368,443
18,798,212
13.7%
 
  Latin America
5,867,929
5,904,940
(0.6%)
 
    Delta Mainline
5,525,503
5,639,896
(2.0%)
 
    Comair
6,489
5,940
9.2%
 
    Contract Carriers
335,937
259,104
29.7%
 
  Atlantic
14,422,309
12,341,060
16.9%
 
  Pacific
1,078,205
552,212
95.3%
 
Total System
61,142,966
59,819,153
2.2%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
80.8%
79.6%
1.2
pts
  Delta Mainline
81.8%
80.7%
1.1
pts
  Comair
73.3%
71.9%
1.4
pts
  Contract Carriers
79.0%
77.4%
1.6
pts
International
77.9%
77.0%
0.9
pts
  Latin America
79.2%
73.4%
5.8
pts
    Delta Mainline
79.4%
73.6%
5.8
pts
    Comair
80.2%
79.0%
1.2
pts
    Contract Carriers
76.4%
68.7%
7.7
pts
  Atlantic
77.7%
78.4%
(0.7)
pts
  Pacific
74.8%
84.7%
(9.9)
pts
Total System
79.8%
78.8%
1.0
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
43,469,218
43,582,553
(0.3%)
 
         
Cargo Ton Miles:
       
  Mail
27,672,050
23,750,690
16.5%
 
  Freight
471,812,749
422,103,396
11.8%
 
  Total System
499,484,799
445,854,086
12.0%
 

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.

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