ATLANTA, Nov. 5, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for October.  Load factors for consolidated system (79.6 percent), mainline system (79.9 percent) and total Latin system (73.6 percent) were all records for the month of October.

System traffic increased 6.2 percent from October 2006 with a capacity increase of 2.9 percent. Domestic traffic in October 2007 increased 2.3 percent year-over-year on a 0.3 percent increase in capacity. International traffic in October 2007 increased 15.6 percent year over year on an 8.6 percent increase in capacity.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of October. The number of total Latin, total international and Atlantic passengers increased 14.2 percent, 12.2 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

"Year to date through September, Delta maintained its first place position of network carriers in Department of Transportation on-time performance and we expect similar results in the month of October," said Joe Kolshak, executive vice president – Operations. "Given the record load factors and high number of passengers we continue to see, these results demonstrate the hard work and dedication of Delta employees making Delta a great airline for our customers."

Delta completed 99.2 percent of scheduled flights during the month relative to 98.4 percent in October 2006. Delta boarded 9.2 million passengers during October 2007, an increase of 3.1 percent from October 2006. 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 317 destinations in 55 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than any other major U.S. airline and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 35 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 500 weekly flights to 58 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 479 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, 2006 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 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 Nov. 5, 2007, and which Delta has no current intention to update.

 

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
 October 2007
October 2006
Change
 
RPMs (000):        
Domestic
6,871,157
6,717,926
2.3%
 
  Delta Mainline
5,302,925
5,257,548
0.9%
 
  Comair
405,375
439,047
(7.7%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,162,857
1,021,331
13.9%
 
International
3,286,641
2,843,360
15.6%
 
  Latin America
631,047
563,178
12.1%
 
    Delta Mainline
596,189
535,553
11.3%
 
    Comair
0
493
NA
 
    Contract Carriers
34,858
27,132
28.5%
 
  Atlantic
2,522,075
2,185,755
15.4%
 
  Pacific
133,519
94,427
41.4%
 
Consolidated System
10,157,798
9,561,286
6.2%
 
         
ASMs (000):
 
       
Domestic
8,600,440
8,571,296
0.3%
 
  Delta Mainline
6,588,394
6,661,818
(1.1%)
 
  Comair
528,208
579,469
(8.8%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,483,838
1,330,009
11.6%
 
International
4,161,399
3,833,512
8.6%
 
  Latin America
856,973
845,218
1.4%
 
    Delta Mainline
808,051
804,170
0.5%
 
    Comair
0
699
NA
 
    Contract Carriers
48,922
40,349
21.2%
 
  Atlantic
3,121,687
2,874,707
8.6%
 
  Pacific
182,739
113,587
60.9%
 
Consolidated System
12,761,839
12,404,808
2.9%
 
         
Load Factor
 
       
Domestic
79.9%
78.4%
1.5
pts
  Delta Mainline
80.5%
78.9%
1.6
pts
  Comair
76.7%
75.8%
0.9
pts
  Contract Carriers
78.4%
76.8%
1.6
pts
International
79.0%
74.2%
4.8
pts
  Latin America
73.6%
66.6%
7.0
pts
    Delta Mainline
73.8%
66.6%
7.2
pts
    Comair
0.0%
70.5%
NA
pts
    Contract Carriers
71.3%
67.2%
4.1
pts
  Atlantic
80.8%
76.0%
4.8
pts
  Pacific
73.1%
83.1%
(10.0)
pts
Consolidated System
79.6%
77.1%
2.5
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
     9,218,867
8,943,516
3.1%
 

 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.
bRegional System includes wholly owned subsidiary Comair and contract carriers.

 

 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
October 2007
October 2006
Change
 
RPMs (000):        
Domestic
69,571,084
69,351,017
0.3%
 
  Delta Mainline
54,375,741
55,220,948
(1.5%)
 
  Comair
3,856,820
4,447,314
(13.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
11,338,523
9,682,755
17.1%
 
International
33,413,375
28,430,617
17.5%
 
  Latin America
8,541,574
6,851,906
24.7%
 
    Delta Mainline
8,125,040
6,632,667
22.5%
 
    Comair
6,806
33,476
(79.7%)
 
    Contract Carriers
409,728
185,763
120.6%
 
  Atlantic
23,686,792
20,609,914
14.9%
 
  Pacific
1,185,009
968,797
22.3%
 
Consolidated System
102,984,459
97,781,634
5.3%
 
         
ASMs (000):
 
       
Domestic
85,053,484
88,150,068
(3.5%)
 
  Delta Mainline
65,616,860
69,744,164
(5.9%)
 
  Comair
5,105,620
5,979,530
(14.6%)
 
  Contract Carriers
14,331,004
12,426,374
15.3%
 
International
42,057,969
36,218,006
16.1%
 
  Latin America
11,297,013
9,360,020
20.7%
 
    Delta Mainline
10,713,991
9,060,278
18.3%
 
    Comair
8,473
45,492
(81.4%)
 
    Contract Carriers
574,549
254,250
126.0%
 
  Atlantic
29,327,129
25,744,145
13.9%
 
  Pacific
1,433,827
1,113,841
28.7%
 
Consolidated System
127,111,453
124,368,074
2.2%
 
         
Load Factor
 
       
Domestic
81.8%
78.7%
3.1
pts
  Delta Mainline
82.9%
79.2%
3.7
pts
  Comair
75.5%
74.4%
1.1
pts
  Contract Carriers
79.1%
77.9%
1.2
pts
International
79.4%
78.5%
0.9
pts
  Latin America
75.6%
73.2%
2.4
pts
    Delta Mainline
75.8%
73.2%
2.6
pts
    Comair
80.3%
73.6%
6.7
pts
    Contract Carriers
71.3%
73.1%
(1.8)
pts
  Atlantic
80.8%
80.1%
0.7
pts
  Pacific
82.6%
87.0%
(4.4)
pts
Consolidated System
81.0%
78.6%
2.4
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
91,899,759
89,251,762
3.0%
 

 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., SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines beginning June 2007.
bRegional System includes wholly owned subsidiary Comair and contract carriers.

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