ATLANTA, Jan. 4, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for December 2007.  System traffic for December 2007 increased 3.0 percent from December 2006 on a capacity increase of 3.1 percent.  Delta’s system load factor was 77.7 percent in December 2007, flat from the same period last year.

Strong demand for Delta's international product continued during December 2007, with traffic increasing 16.4 percent year over year on a 13.3 percent increase in capacity. This resulted in a record December international load factor of 79.9 percent, up 2.1 points compared to December 2006.  Domestic traffic in December 2007 decreased 2.8 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 1.3 percent. Domestic load factor in December 2007 was 76.6 percent, down 1.3 points from the same period a year ago.
 
“In December, consolidated unit revenues showed solid year over year improvement,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management.  “International unit revenues demonstrated continued strength with significant increases in both yield and traffic, while domestic yields continued to strengthen as pricing actions implemented to offset higher fuel costs translated to higher yields.”

During December 2007, Delta operated its schedule at a 98.2 percent completion rate compared to 99.0 percent in December 2006. Delta boarded 8.6 million passengers during the month of December 2007, a decrease of 2.0 percent from December 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 321 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 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 500 weekly flights to 63 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 485 worldwide destinations in 106 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
December 2007
December 2006
Change
 

RPMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
6,404,406
6,591,161
(2.8%)
 
  Delta Mainline
4,971,205
5,182,169
(4.1%)
 
  Comair
361,969
400,504
(9.6%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,071,232
1,008,488
6.2%
 
International
3,311,293
2,845,163
16.4%
 
  Latin America
962,648
924,375
4.1%
 
    Delta Mainline
914,338
889,301
2.8%
 
    Comair
584
0
NM 
 
    Contract Carriers
47,726
35,074
36.1%
 
  Atlantic
2,210,663
1,834,437
20.5%
 
  Pacific
137,982
86,351
59.8%
 
Total System
9,715,699
9,436,324
3.0%
 
         

ASMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
8,357,442
8,464,422
(1.3%)
 
  Delta Mainline
6,438,568
6,600,489
(2.5%)
 
  Comair
502,608
550,012
(8.6%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,416,266
1,313,921
7.8%
 
International
4,144,567
3,657,099
13.3%
 
  Latin America
1,200,398
1,238,610
(3.1%)
 
    Delta Mainline
1,133,093
1,184,812
(4.4%)
 
    Comair
885
0
NM
 
    Contract Carriers
66,420
53,798
23.5%
 
  Atlantic
2,761,408
2,305,143
19.8%
 
  Pacific
182,761
113,346
61.2%
 
Total System
12,502,009
12,121,521
3.1%
 
         

Load Factor

 
       
Domestic
76.6%
77.9%
(1.3)
pts
  Delta Mainline
77.2%
78.5%
(1.3)
pts
  Comair
72.0%
72.8%
(0.8)
pts
  Contract Carriers
75.6%
76.8%
(1.2)
pts
International
79.9%
77.8%
2.1
pts
  Latin America
80.2%
74.6%
5.6
pts
    Delta Mainline
80.7%
75.1%
5.6
pts
    Comair
66.0%
0.0%
NM
 
    Contract Carriers
71.9%
65.2%
6.7
pts
  Atlantic
80.1%
79.6%
0.5
pts
  Pacific
75.5%
76.2%
(0.7)
pts
Total System
77.7%
77.8%
(0.1)
pts
         

Passengers Boarded

 
8,575,603
8,754,487
(2.0%)
 
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.

 
 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results(a,b)
 
 
December 2007
December 2006
Change
 

RPMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
82,432,769
82,414,302
0.0%
 
  Delta Mainline
64,323,968
65,477,336
(1.8%)
 
  Comair
4,599,990
5,256,789
(12.5%)
 
  Contract Carriers
13,508,811
11,680,177
15.7%
 
International
39,632,189
33,718,399
17.5%
 
  Latin America
10,255,479
8,440,781
21.5%
 
    Delta Mainline
9,750,870
8,155,640
19.6%
 
    Comair
7,882
33,704
(76.6%)
 
    Contract Carriers
496,727
251,437
97.6%
 
  Atlantic
27,929,185
24,133,763
15.7%
 
  Pacific
1,447,525
1,143,855
26.5%
 
Total System
122,064,958
116,132,701
5.1%
 
         

ASMs (000):

 
       
Domestic
101,776,645
104,901,140
(3.0%)
 
  Delta Mainline
78,467,605
82,785,633
(5.2%)
 
  Comair
6,123,413
7,078,389
(13.5%)
 
  Contract Carriers
17,185,627
15,037,118
14.3%
 
International
49,986,893
43,093,769
16.0%
 
  Latin America
13,475,576
11,537,918
16.8%
 
    Delta Mainline
12,770,049
11,138,762
14.6%
 
    Comair
9,960
45,841
(78.3%)
 
    Contract Carriers
695,567
353,315
96.9%
 
  Atlantic
34,721,389
30,218,659
14.9%
 
  Pacific
1,789,928
1,337,192
33.9%
 
Total System
151,763,538
147,994,909
2.5%
 
         

Load Factor

 
       
Domestic
81.0%
78.6%
2.4
pts
  Delta Mainline
82.0%
79.1%
2.9
pts
  Comair
75.1%
74.3%
0.8
pts
  Contract Carriers
78.6%
77.7%
0.9
pts
International
79.3%
78.2%
1.1
pts
  Latin America
76.1%
73.2%
2.9
pts
    Delta Mainline
76.4%
73.2%
3.2
pts
    Comair
79.1%
73.5%
5.6
pts
    Contract Carriers
71.4%
71.2%
0.2
pts
  Atlantic
80.4%
79.9%
0.5
pts
  Pacific
80.9%
85.5%
(4.6)
pts
Total System
80.4%
78.5%
1.9
pts
         

Passengers Boarded

 
109,181,968
106,649,238
2.4%
 
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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