ATLANTA, Jan. 7, 2009 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported December traffic results, including record load factors for its Delta and Northwest operating units. Load factors for Delta system (80.1 percent), Delta domestic (82.3 percent), and Northwest system (81.9 percent) were higher than any previous December on record.

Delta
Delta’s system traffic in December 2008 increased 0.7 percent versus December 2007 on a capacity decrease of 2.4 percent. Delta’s system load factor increased 2.4 points to 80.1 percent.

International traffic increased 9.2 percent year over year on a 13.7 percent increase in capacity, and load factor declined 3.2 points. Domestic traffic decreased 3.7 percent year over year on 10.4 percent lower capacity. Domestic load factor increased 5.7 points to 82.3 percent.

Northwest
Northwest’s system traffic in December 2008 decreased 3.6 percent on a capacity decrease of 4.5 percent. Northwest’s system load factor increased 0.7 points to 81.9 percent.

International traffic decreased 2.0 percent year over year on a 0.3 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor declined 1.4 points. Domestic traffic decreased 4.7 percent year over year on a 7.2 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor increased 2.2 points. 

Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

Delta Air Lines is the world’s largest airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 377 destinations worldwide in 66 countries and serves more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta and its 75,000 worldwide employees are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com.

 

 

Delta
Monthly Traffic Results(a)
 

 

December 2008

December 2007

       Change

 

RPMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

6,164,759

6,404,406

(3.7%)

 

Mainline

4,884,870

4,971,205

(1.7%)

 

Regional

1,279,889

1,433,201

(10.7%)

 

International

3,614,654

3,311,293

9.2%

 

Latin America

903,424

962,648

(6.2%)

 

Mainline

881,860

914,338

(3.6%)

 

Regional

21,564

48,310

(55.4%)

 

Atlantic

2,494,860

2,210,663

12.9%

 

Pacific

216,370

137,982

56.8%

 

Total System

9,779,413

9,715,699

0.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

7,492,408

8,357,442

(10.4%)

 

Mainline

5,841,464

6,438,568

(9.3%)

 

Regional

1,650,944

1,918,874

(14.0%)

 

International

4,711,809

4,144,567

13.7%

 

Latin America

1,193,874

1,200,398

(0.5%)

 

Mainline

1,163,457

1,133,093

2.7%

 

Regional

30,417

67,305

(54.8%)

 

Atlantic

3,260,054

2,761,408

18.1%

 

Pacific

257,881

182,761

41.1%

 

Total System

12,204,217

12,502,009

(2.4%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load Factor

 

 

 

 

Domestic

82.3%

76.6%

5.7

 pts

Mainline

83.6%

77.2%

6.4

 pts

Regional

77.5%

74.7%

2.8

 pts

International

76.7%

79.9%

(3.2)

 pts

Latin America

75.7%

80.2%

(4.5)

 pts

Mainline

75.8%

80.7%

(4.9)

 pts

Regional

70.9%

71.8%

(0.9)

 pts

Atlantic

76.5%

80.1%

(3.6)

 pts

Pacific

83.9%

75.5%

8.4

 pts

Total System

80.1%

77.7%

2.4

 pts

 

 

 

 

 

Passengers Boarded

       8,478,428

8,575,603

(1.1%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completion Factor

98.4%

98.2%

0.2

pts

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo Ton Miles (000):

 

 

 

 

  Mail

5,537

7,232

(23.4%)

 

  Freight

82,402

94,643

(12.9%)

 

  Total System

87,939

101,875

(13.7%)

 

 Endnote:
a Results include operations under contract carrier arrangements.
 

 

 

Delta
Year to Date Traffic Results (a)
 

 

December 2008

December 2007

       Change

 

RPMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

78,037,080

82,432,769

(5.3%)

 

Mainline

61,132,293

64,323,968

(5.0%)

 

Regional

16,904,787

18,108,801

(6.6%)

 

International

45,043,475

39,632,189

13.7%

 

Latin America

10,427,323

10,255,479

1.7%

 

Mainline

9,951,558

9,750,870

2.1%

 

Regional

475,765

504,609

(5.7%)

 

Atlantic

32,181,856

27,929,185

15.2%

 

Pacific

2,434,296

1,447,525

68.2%

 

Total System

123,080,555

122,064,958

0.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

94,104,177

101,776,645

(7.5%)

 

Mainline

72,638,788

78,467,605

(7.4%)

 

Regional

21,465,389

23,309,040

(7.9%)

 

International

56,967,158

49,986,893

14.0%

 

Latin America

13,306,209

13,475,576

(1.3%)

 

Mainline

12,679,723

12,770,049

(0.7%)

 

Regional

626,486

705,527

(11.2%)

 

Atlantic

40,510,485

34,721,389

16.7%

 

Pacific

3,150,464

1,789,928

76.0%

 

Total System

151,071,335

151,763,538

(0.5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load Factor

 

 

 

 

Domestic

82.9%

81.0%

1.9

pts

Mainline

84.2%

82.0%

2.2

pts

Regional

78.8%

77.7%

1.1

pts

International

79.1%

79.3%

(0.2)

pts

Latin America

78.4%

76.1%

2.3

pts

Mainline

78.5%

76.4%

2.1

pts

Regional

75.9%

71.5%

4.4

pts

Atlantic

79.4%

80.4%

(1.0)

pts

Pacific

77.3%

80.9%

(3.6)

pts

Total System

81.5%

80.4%

1.1

pts

 

 

 

 

 

Passengers Boarded

106,070,264

109,181,968

(2.9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo Ton Miles (000):

 

 

 

 

  Mail

69,483

60,227

15.4%

 

  Freight

1,148,301

1,069,191

7.4%

 

  Total System

1,217,784

1,129,419

7.8%

 

Endnote:
a Results include operations under contract carrier arrangements.


 

 

Northwest
Monthly Traffic Results (a)
 

 

December 2008

December 2007

       Change

 

RPMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

3,549,905

3,725,103

(4.7%)

 

Mainline

2,800,608

3,245,099

(13.7%)

 

Regional

749,297

480,004

56.1%

 

International

2,491,797

2,543,892

(2.0%)

 

Atlantic

910,300

956,550

(4.8%)

 

Pacific

1,581,497

1,587,342

(0.4%)

 

Total System

6,041,702

6,268,995

(3.6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

4,329,916

4,666,320

(7.2%)

 

Mainline

3,337,042

4,022,715

(17.0%)

 

Regional

992,874

643,605

54.3%

 

International

3,047,057

3,056,159

(0.3%)

 

Atlantic

1,167,752

1,162,335

0.5%

 

Pacific

1,879,305

1,893,824

(0.8%)

 

Total System

7,376,973

7,722,479

(4.5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load Factor

 

 

 

 

Domestic

82.0%

79.8%

2.2

 pts

Mainline

83.9%

80.7%

3.2

 pts

Regional

75.5%

74.6%

0.9

 pts

International

81.8%

83.2%

(1.4)

 pts

Atlantic

78.0%

82.3%

(4.3)

 pts

Pacific

84.2%

83.8%

0.4

 pts

Total System

81.9%

81.2%

0.7

 pts

 

 

 

 

 

Passengers Boarded:

5,005,076

5,233,078

(4.4%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completion Factor

98.5%

98.2%

0.3

pts

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo Ton Miles (000):

85,947

189,222

(54.6%)

 

Endnote:
a Results include operations under contract carrier arrangements.



 

Northwest
Year to Date Traffic Results(a)
 

 

December 2008

December 2007

       Change

 

RPMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

46,336,469

46,919,329

(1.2%)

 

Mainline

38,347,770

41,512,059

(7.6%)

 

Regional

7,988,699

5,407,270

47.7%

 

International

32,868,249

31,412,025

4.6%

 

Atlantic

13,066,300

11,503,849

13.6%

 

Pacific

19,801,949

19,908,176

(0.5%)

 

Total System

79,204,718

78,331,354

1.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASMs (000):

 

 

 

 

Domestic

55,624,429

56,873,611

(2.2%)

 

Mainline

45,041,916

49,681,500

(9.3%)

 

Regional

10,582,513

7,192,111

47.1%

 

International

38,839,708

36,460,854

6.5%

 

Atlantic

15,885,918

13,459,558

18.0%

 

Pacific

22,953,790

23,001,296

(0.2%)

 

Total System

94,464,137

93,334,465

1.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load Factor

 

 

 

 

Domestic

83.3%

82.5%

0.8

 pts

Mainline

85.1%

83.6%

1.5

 pts

Regional

75.5%

75.2%

0.3

 pts

International

84.6%

86.2%

(1.6%)

 pts

Atlantic

82.3%

85.5%

(3.2%)

 pts

Pacific

86.3%

86.6%

(0.3)

 pts

Total System

83.8%

83.9%

(0.1)

 pts

 

 

 

 

 

Passengers Boarded:

65,502,282

66,386,765

(1.3%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo Ton Miles (000):

1,637,861

2,059,915

(20.5%)

 

Endnote:
a Results include operations under contract carrier arrangements.

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