ATLANTA, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for December 2009. System traffic in December 2009, including both Delta and Northwest operations, decreased 7.5 percent compared to December 2008 on an 8.0 percent decrease in capacity. Load factor increased 0.4 points to 81.2 percent.

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Domestic traffic decreased 6.3 percent year over year on a 4.0 percent decrease in capacity. Domestic load factor decreased 2.0 points to 80.2 percent. International traffic decreased 9.3 percent year over year on a 13.9 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor increased 4.2 points to 82.9 percent.

Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

Delta Air Lines, the world's No. 1 airline, serves more than 170 million passengers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 368 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of nearly 800 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France KLM. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com.

                                 Delta Air Lines
                           Monthly Traffic Results (a)
                             December 2009     December 2008    Change
                             -------------     -------------    ------
    RPMs (000):
    Domestic                     9,033,582         9,638,361       (6.3%)
      Mainline                   7,062,684         7,612,807       (7.2%)
      Regional                   1,970,899         2,025,554       (2.7%)
    International                5,652,034         6,233,801       (9.3%)
      Latin America              1,071,418         1,000,112         7.1%
        Mainline                 1,051,397           974,407         7.9%
        Regional                    20,021            25,705      (22.1%)
      Atlantic                   2,873,363         3,423,582      (16.1%)
      Pacific                    1,707,253         1,810,108       (5.7%)
    System                      14,685,616        15,872,162       (7.5%)

    ASMs (000):
    Domestic                    11,257,481        11,727,427       (4.0%)
      Mainline                   8,692,009         9,088,650       (4.4%)
      Regional                   2,565,472         2,638,777       (2.8%)
    International                6,819,920         7,918,087      (13.9%)
      Latin America              1,376,827         1,317,464         4.5%
         Mainline                1,348,948         1,280,294         5.4%
         Regional                   27,879            37,170      (25.0%)
      Atlantic                   3,448,999         4,450,119      (22.5%)
      Pacific                    1,994,095         2,150,504       (7.3%)
    System                      18,077,401        19,645,515       (8.0%)

    Load Factor
    Domestic                          80.2%             82.2%       (2.0)  pts
      Mainline                        81.3%             83.8%       (2.5)  pts
      Regional                        76.8%             76.8%        0.0   pts
    International                     82.9%             78.7%        4.2   pts
      Latin America                   77.8%             75.9%        1.9   pts
         Mainline                     77.9%             76.1%        1.8   pts
         Regional                     71.8%             69.2%        2.6   pts
      Atlantic                        83.3%             76.9%        6.4   pts
      Pacific                         85.6%             84.2%        1.4   pts
    System                            81.2%             80.8%        0.4   pts

    Passengers Boarded          12,494,158        13,505,490       (7.5%)

    Mainline Completion
     Factor                           98.0%             98.4%       (0.4) pts

    Cargo Ton Miles
     (000):
      Mail                          10,546             9,338        12.9%
      Freight                      210,460           166,740        26.2%
      System                       221,007           176,078        25.5%

    Endnote:
    (a) Results include Delta and Northwest operations, as well as
    flights operated under contract carrier arrangements, for all
    periods presented.

                                 Delta Air Lines
                         Year to Date Traffic Results (a)
                             December 2009     December 2008    Change
                             -------------     -------------    ------
    RPMs (000):
    Domestic                   115,936,234       123,043,854       (5.8%)
      Mainline                  90,893,683        98,185,365       (7.4%)
      Regional                  25,042,550        24,858,489         0.7%
    International               73,016,629        79,688,115       (8.4%)
      Latin America             11,177,925        11,895,541       (6.0%)
        Mainline                10,973,151        11,383,448       (3.6%)
        Regional                   204,773           512,094      (60.0%)
      Atlantic                  42,232,879        45,436,857       (7.1%)
      Pacific                   19,605,826        22,355,716      (12.3%)
    System                     188,952,863       202,731,968       (6.8%)

    ASMs (000):
    Domestic                   139,842,013       148,192,164       (5.6%)
      Mainline                 107,558,216       116,194,253       (7.4%)
      Regional                  32,283,798        31,997,911         0.9%
    International               90,455,265        97,933,295       (7.6%)
      Latin America             14,386,049        15,031,297       (4.3%)
         Mainline               14,095,509        14,351,010       (1.8%)
         Regional                  290,540           680,288      (57.3%)
      Atlantic                  52,071,808        56,645,186       (8.1%)
      Pacific                   23,997,408        26,256,812       (8.6%)
    System                     230,297,279       246,125,459       (6.4%)

    Load Factor
    Domestic                          82.9%             83.0%       (0.1)  pts
      Mainline                        84.5%             84.5%        0.0   pts
      Regional                        77.6%             77.7%       (0.1)  pts
    International                     80.7%             81.4%       (0.7)  pts
      Latin America                   77.7%             79.1%       (1.4)  pts
         Mainline                     77.8%             79.3%       (1.5)  pts
         Regional                     70.5%             75.3%       (4.8)  pts
      Atlantic                        81.1%             80.2%        0.9   pts
      Pacific                         81.7%             85.1%       (3.4)  pts
    System                            82.0%             82.4%       (0.4)  pts

    Passengers Boarded         161,048,649       171,723,929       (6.2%)

    Cargo Ton Miles
     (000):
      Mail                          88,425           110,484      (20.0%)
      Freight                    2,200,014         2,752,180      (20.1%)
      System                     2,288,439         2,862,664      (20.1%)

    Endnote:
    (a) Results include Delta and Northwest operations, as well as
    flights operated under contract carrier arrangements, for all
    periods presented.

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SOURCE: Delta Air Lines

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