ATLANTA, May 5, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for April 2008. System traffic in April 2008 increased 2.5 percent over April 2007 with a capacity increase of 2.7 percent. Delta’s system load factor was 81.4 percent in April 2008, consistent with the same period last year.

International traffic remained strong in April 2008, increasing 16.5 percent year over year on a 16.5 percent increase in capacity. Domestic traffic in April 2008 decreased 3.7 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 3.8 percent.

A record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of April. The number of international, Atlantic and Pacific passengers increased 9.8 percent, 16.0 percent and 111.5 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

“Delta’s efforts to combat high fuel prices – including international growth, domestic capacity rationalization, and aggressive yield management – are the driving forces behind our trend of monthly unit revenue increases. With unique markets and improved products differentiating Delta from our global competitors, we saw another month of strong international unit revenue performance on top of a double digit capacity increase,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Our Cargo business also contributed significantly to top line improvement with nearly 50 percent year-over year revenue growth in April.”

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 305 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 38 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 478 weekly flights to 58 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 474 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

 

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a)
 
 
April 2008
April 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
6,567,189
6,815,972
(3.7%)
 
  Delta Mainline
5,053,420
5,324,254
(5.1%)
 
  Comair
386,591
379,641
1.8%
 
  Contract Carriers
1,127,178
1,112,077
1.4%
 
International
3,502,715
3,007,496
16.5%
 
 Latin America
850,078
830,448
2.4%
 
    Delta Mainline
797,174
793,280
0.5%
 
    Comair
1,095
1,070
2.3%
 
    Contract Carriers
51,809
36,098
43.5%
 
  Atlantic
2,457,327
2,089,361
17.6%
 
  Pacific
195,310
87,687
122.7%
 
System
10,069,904
9,823,468
2.5%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
7,919,975
8,231,749
(3.8%)
 
  Delta Mainline
6,009,470
6,340,048
(5.2%)
 
  Comair
503,974
490,094
2.8%
 
  Contract Carriers
1,406,531
1,401,607
0.4%
 
International
4,457,825
3,825,920
16.5%
 
  Latin America
1,107,263
1,135,416
(2.5%)
 
    Delta Mainline
1,039,821
1,082,570
(3.9%)
 
    Comair
1,289
1,285
0.3%
 
    Contract Carriers
66,153
51,561
28.3%
 
  Atlantic
3,065,549
2,582,335
18.7%
 
  Pacific
285,013
108,169
163.5%
 
System
12,377,800
12,057,669
2.7%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
82.9%
82.8%
0.1
pts
  Delta Mainline
84.1%
84.0%
0.1
pts
  Comair
76.7%
77.5%
(0.8)
pts
  Contract Carriers
80.1%
79.3%
0.8
pts
International
78.6%
78.6%
(0.0)
pts
  Latin America
76.8%
73.1%
3.7
pts
    Delta Mainline
76.7%
73.3%
3.4
pts
    Comair
84.9%
83.3%
1.6
pts
    Contract Carriers
78.3%
70.0%
8.3
pts
  Atlantic
80.2%
80.9%
(0.7)
pts
  Pacific
68.5%
81.1%
(12.6)
pts
System
81.4%
81.5%
(0.1)
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
      8,922,118
        9,122,806
(2.2%)
 
         
Completion Factor
99.2%
99.3%
(0.1)
pts
         
Cargo Ton Miles:
       
  Mail
6,082,086
4,931,718
23.3%
 
  Freight
102,408,238
84,861,127
20.7%
 
  Total System
108,490,324
89,792,845
20.8%
 

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)
 
 
April 2008
April 2007
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
25,591,140
25,847,009
(1.0%)
 
  Delta Mainline
19,830,008
20,247,125
(2.1%)
 
  Comair
1,446,492
1,426,484
1.4%
 
  Contract Carriers
4,314,640
4,173,400
3.4%
 
International
12,683,360
11,189,071
13.4%
 
  Latin America
3,814,677
3,586,935
6.3%
 
    Delta Mainline
3,599,195
3,438,844
4.7%
 
    Comair
5,202
3,619
43.7%
 
    Contract Carriers
210,280
144,472
45.6%
 
  Atlantic
8,308,516
7,231,675
14.9%
 
  Pacific
560,167
370,461
51.2%
 
Total System
38,274,500
37,036,080
3.3%
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
32,013,938
32,722,054
(2.2%)
 
  Delta Mainline
24,494,039
25,265,528
(3.1%)
 
  Comair
2,004,845
2,017,934
(0.6%)
 
  Contract Carriers
5,515,054
5,438,592
1.4%
 
International
16,455,713
14,615,014
12.6%
 
  Latin America
4,794,415
4,831,385
(0.8%)
 
    Delta Mainline
4,514,969
4,617,660
(2.2%)
 
    Comair
6,489
4,570
42.0%
 
    Contract Carriers
272,957
209,155
30.5%
 
  Atlantic
10,904,733
9,345,154
16.7%
 
  Pacific
756,565
438,475
72.5%
 
Total System
48,469,651
47,337,068
2.4%
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
79.9%
79.0%
0.9
pts
  Delta Mainline
81.0%
80.1%
0.9
pts
  Comair
72.1%
70.7%
1.4
pts
  Contract Carriers
78.2%
76.7%
1.5
pts
International
77.1%
76.6%
0.5
pts
  Latin America
79.6%
74.2%
5.4
pts
    Delta Mainline
79.7%
74.5%
5.2
pts
    Comair
80.2%
79.2%
1.0
pts
    Contract Carriers
77.0%
69.1%
7.9
pts
  Atlantic
76.2%
77.4%
(1.2)
pts
  Pacific
74.0%
84.5%
(10.5)
pts
Total System
79.0%
78.2%
0.8
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
34,508,380
34,447,983
0.2%
 
         
Cargo Ton Miles:
       
  Mail
21,335,050
18,786,779
13.6%
 
  Freight
373,444,546
332,906,677
12.2%
 
  Total System
394,779,596
351,693,456
12.3%
 

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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