ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported record load factors for September.  Load factors for mainline system (78.0 percent), mainline domestic (77.7 percent), total system (77.6 percent), total domestic (77.2 percent), total regional system (75.5 percent), mainline Latin (71.9 percent) and total Latin system (71.6 percent) were all records for the month of September.

System traffic increased 7.8 percent from September 2006 with a capacity increase of 3.6 percent.  Domestic traffic in September 2007 increased 4.7 percent year-over-year on a 0.3 percent decrease in capacity.  International traffic in September 2007 increased 14.1 percent year over year on a 12.0 percent increase in capacity.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of September. The number of total Latin, mainline Latin, total international, regional system and mainline Atlantic increased 18.9 percent, 16.2 percent, 12.3 percent, 8.8 percent and 8.4 percent respectively, versus the same period last year.

"Delta's September 2007 passenger revenue was in line with our expectations. In particular, international markets added this year are performing better than anticipated, demonstrating strength in Delta's strategy of expanding our network to offer customers more destinations around the world," said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president – Network Planning and Revenue Management. "With these successful network and revenue initiatives, we are on track to close the remaining revenue gap to our network competitors."

Delta completed 99.4 percent of scheduled flights during the month relative to 98.3 percent in September 2006. Delta boarded 8.5 million passengers during September 2007, an increase of 4.9 percent from September 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 310 destinations in 54 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than all other major U.S. airlines combined and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 400 weekly flights to 53 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 475 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 June 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 Oct. 3, 2007, and which Delta has no current intention to update.

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
 
 
 Sep. 2007
 
Sep. 2006
 
Change
 
 
 
RPMs (000):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
6,389,968
6,102,805
4.7%
 
 
  Delta Mainline
4,968,082
4,781,349
3.9%
 
 
  Comair
362,255
417,515
(13.2%)
 
 
  Contract Carriers
1,059,631
903,941
17.2%
 
 
International
3,395,581
2,974,953
14.1%
 
 
  Latin America
604,169
523,584
15.4%
 
 
    Delta Mainline
571,235
499,972
14.3%
 
 
    Comair
0
553
N/A
 
 
    Contract Carriers
32,934
23,059
42.8%
 
 
  Atlantic
2,659,781
2,357,667
12.8%
 
 
  Pacific
131,631
93,702
40.5%
 
 
Total System
9,785,549
9,077,758
7.8%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASMs (000):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
8,273,599
8,299,695
(0.3%)
 
 
  Delta Mainline
6,395,563
6,461,698
(1.0%)
 
 
  Comair
490,144
588,818
(16.8%)
 
 
  Contract Carriers
1,387,892
1,249,179
11.1%
 
 
International
4,334,847
3,870,947
12.0%
 
 
  Latin America
843,449
818,517
3.0%
 
 
    Delta Mainline
794,363
781,813
1.6%
 
 
    Comair
0
910
N/A
 
 
    Contract Carriers
49,086
35,794
37.1%
 
 
  Atlantic
3,316,206
2,942,385
12.7%
 
 
  Pacific
175,192
110,045
59.2%
 
 
Total System
12,608,446
12,170,642
3.6%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Load Factor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
77.2%
73.5%
3.7
pts
  Delta Mainline
77.7%
74.0%
3.7
pts
  Comair
73.9%
70.9%
3.0
pts
  Contract Carriers
76.3%
72.4%
3.9
pts
International
78.3%
76.9%
1.4
pts
  Latin America
71.6%
64.0%
7.6
pts
    Delta Mainline
71.9%
64.0%
7.9
pts
    Comair
0.0%
60.8%
N/A
pts
    Contract Carriers
67.1%
64.4%
2.7
pts
  Atlantic
80.2%
80.1%
0.1
pts
  Pacific
75.1%
85.1%
(10.0)
pts
Total System
77.6%
74.6%
3.0
pts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Passengers Boarded
 
     8,455,730
8,064,158
4.9%
 
 

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.
b Regional System includes wholly owned subsidiary Comair and contract carriers.


 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
 
 
Sep. 2007
 
Sep. 2006
 
Change
 
 
 
RPMs (000):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
62,699,927
62,633,091
0.1%
 
 
  Delta Mainline
49,072,816
49,963,400
(1.8%)
 
 
  Comair
3,451,445
4,008,267
(13.9%)
 
 
  Contract Carriers
10,175,666
8,661,424
17.5%
 
 
International
30,126,734
25,587,257
17.7%
 
 
  Latin America
7,910,527
6,288,728
25.8%
 
 
    Delta Mainline
7,528,851
6,097,114
23.5%
 
 
    Comair
6,806
32,983
(79.4%)
 
 
    Contract Carriers
374,870
158,631
136.3%
 
 
  Atlantic
21,164,717
18,424,159
14.9%
 
 
  Pacific
1,051,490
874,370
20.3%
 
 
Total System
92,826,661
88,220,348
5.2%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASMs (000):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
76,453,044
79,578,772
(3.9%)
 
 
  Delta Mainline
59,028,466
63,082,346
(6.4%)
 
 
  Comair
4,577,412
5,400,061
(15.2%)
 
 
  Contract Carriers
12,847,166
11,096,365
15.8%
 
 
International
37,896,570
32,384,494
17.0%
 
 
  Latin America
10,440,040
8,514,802
22.6%
 
 
    Delta Mainline
9,905,940
8,256,108
20.0%
 
 
    Comair
8,473
44,793
(81.1%)
 
 
    Contract Carriers
525,627
213,901
145.7%
 
 
  Atlantic
26,205,442
22,869,438
14.6%
 
 
  Pacific
1,251,088
1,000,254
25.1%
 
 
Total System
114,349,614
111,963,266
2.1%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Load Factor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
82.0%
78.7%
3.3
pts
  Delta Mainline
83.1%
79.2%
3.9
pts
  Comair
75.4%
74.2%
1.2
pts
  Contract Carriers
79.2%
78.1%
1.1
pts
International
79.5%
79.0%
0.5
pts
  Latin America
75.8%
73.9%
1.9
pts
    Delta Mainline
76.0%
73.8%
2.2
pts
    Comair
80.3%
73.6%
6.7
pts
    Contract Carriers
71.3%
74.2%
(2.9)
pts
  Atlantic
80.8%
80.6%
0.2
pts
  Pacific
84.0%
87.4%
(3.4)
pts
Total System
81.2%
78.8%
2.4
pts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Passengers Boarded
 
82,680,892
80,308,246
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.
b Regional System includes wholly owned subsidiary Comair and contract carriers.

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