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Airline strengthens position as largest U.S. airline in terms of domestic destinations served with flights to eighth Texas city

ATLANTA, May 8, 2006 – Delta Air Lines will offer customers new, twice-daily service between the world’s largest airline hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport in Killeen, Texas, effective Sept. 7, 2006. The new year-round service will be Delta’s first between Killeen-Fort Hood and Atlanta and will provide Central Texas customers easy access to Delta’s global network, including non-stop service to 84 international destinations in 46 countries and 211 domestic destinations in all 50 states*.

“Delta is pleased to continue our growth to underserved markets like Killeen-Fort Hood and to become the only carrier with non-stop flights between Killeen and the Eastern United States,” said Bob Cortelyou, vice president, Network Planning. “Fort Hood is the largest military installation in the country and we look forward to the opportunity to bring thousands of troops home to their families throughout the United States, as well as serving the growing base of business and industry throughout the Texas Hill Country.”

"Delta's new service to Killeen is great news for the Central Texas region. Dependable air service to the East Coast will provide enhanced opportunity for economic expansion in the Killeen community, and will be invaluable for the service men and women at Fort Hood. I applaud Delta for recognizing the value of flying to Killeen," Congressman John Carter said.

“I’m happy to see that Delta has taken the opportunity to partner with the City of Killeen to provide a new direct service,” said Killeen Mayor Maureen J. Jouett. “We hope Delta has a very successful future here, and I encourage all of our citizens to fly out of Killeen!”

Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines will operate Delta’s new service to Killeen using quiet and comfortable 50-seat Bombardier regional jets. The flight times are as follows:

Delta’s new service between Atlanta and Killeen-Fort Hood, effective September 7:

 

 

Flight
Departs
Arrives
Aircraft
4866*
Killeen-Fort Hood at 7 a.m.
Atlanta at 10:10 a.m.
CRJ200
4867
Atlanta at 10:45 a.m.
Killeen-Fort Hood at 12:05 p.m.
CRJ200
4868
Killeen-Fort Hood at 12:30 p.m.
Atlanta at 3:40 p.m.
CRJ200
4869
Atlanta at 7:40 p.m.
Killeen-Fort Hood at 9 p.m.
CRJ200

*Flight will begin operating on Sept. 8, 2006

 

The addition of service between Atlanta and Killeen-Fort Hood is the latest in a series of new destinations that will be served nonstop from Atlanta this summer, including: Atlantic City, N.J. (June 1); Calgary, Alberta, Canada (June 8); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (June 8); Bozeman, Mont. (June 10); Pinehurst/Southern Pines, N.C. (June 22); and Wilmington, Del. (June 29).

Delta’s flagship hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s largest airline hub. With its summer 2006 schedule, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers will offer more than 1,000 peak-day departures to nearly 230 non-stop destinations from Atlanta – more non-stop flights and destinations than any airline hub in the world. Delta’s Atlanta hub is the fastest growing international gateway in the United States, with more than 25 new international markets announced since September 2005. Delta also continues to expand the number of domestic destinations it serves from Atlanta, including more than 20 new non-stop destinations added or announced since September 2005. This December, Delta will make history in Atlanta again as it enters a new continent from the hub for the first time since 1997 with new service to Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa (via Dakar) (subject to foreign government approvals).

Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is one of the world’s fastest growing international carriers with more than 50 new international routes added or announced in the last year. Delta offers flights to 447 destinations in 96 countries on Delta, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. In summer 2006, Delta plans to offer customers more destinations and departures between the U.S., Europe, India and Israel than any global airline**, including service on 11 new transatlantic routes from its Atlanta and New York-JFK hubs. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with nearly 40 routes announced, added or applied to serve since Jan. 1, 2005. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 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. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

*Based on July 2006 schedule
**From the U.S., based on July 2006 OAG.
A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection carriers: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair, Chautauqua, Shuttle America and SkyWest.

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