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ATLANTA, June 5, 2006 – Delta Air Lines today reported traffic results for May 2006. System traffic for May 2006 decreased 9.7 percent from May 2005 with a capacity decrease of 10.0 percent. Delta’s system load factor was 76.7 percent in May 2006, up 0.4 points from the same period last year.

Domestic traffic in May 2006 decreased 17.1 percent year over year, and capacity decreased 18.1 percent. Domestic load factor in May 2006 was 75.8 percent, up 0.9 points from the same period a year ago. International traffic in May 2006 increased 13.6 percent year over year on a 17.3 percent increase in capacity. International load factor was 78.7 percent, down 2.6 points from May 2005.

During May 2006, Delta operated its schedule at a 99.0 percent completion rate compared to 98.8 percent in May 2005. Delta boarded 8.8 million passengers during the month of May 2006, a decrease of 16.6 percent from May 2005. Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.


Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is one of the world’s fastest growing international carriers with more than 50 new international routes added in the last year. Delta offers flights to 460 destinations in 97 countries on Delta, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. As the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe, Delta offers customers more weekly flights between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel than any other global airline, including service on 11 new transatlantic routes launched since March. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with nearly 40 new routes announced in the last year. 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.

 

Results reflect operations under our contract carrier arrangements with the following airlines: (1) Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and (2) Shuttle America Corp. and Freedom Airlines, Inc. for 2006 periods only (Shuttle America began September 2005, Freedom Airlines began October 2005).

On September 7, 2005, Delta completed the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. (ASA) to SkyWest Airlines, Inc. Operating performance after that date is reflected in our contract carrier flying.

 

 

 

Delta Air Lines
Monthly Traffic Results
 
 
 May 2006
May 2005
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
6,604,892
7,969,669
(17.1%)
 
  Delta Mainline
5,177,618
6,590,537
(21.4%)
 
  ASA
0
507,750
NA
 
  Comair
448,116
528,915
(15.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
979,158
342,467
NA
 
International
2,911,174
2,562,877
13.6%
 
  Latin America
604,873
505,010
19.8%
 
    Delta Mainline
587,328
489,296
20.0%
 
    ASA
0
9,454
NA
 
    Comair
1,794
4,491
(60.1%)
 
    Contract Carriers
15,751
1,769
NA
 
  Atlantic
2,206,092
1,961,426
12.5%
 
  Pacific
100,209
96,441
3.9%
 
Total System
9,516,066
10,532,546
(9.7%)
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
8,713,464
10,645,325
(18.1%)
 
  Delta Mainline
6,859,456
8,693,145
(21.1%)
 
  ASA
0
695,839
NA
 
  Comair
597,288
778,884
(23.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,256,720
477,457
NA
 
International
3,699,143
3,152,887
17.3%
 

  Latin America

 
863,760
744,288
16.1%
 
    Delta Mainline
841,230
722,402
16.4%
 
    ASA
0
12,363
NA
 
    Comair
2,190
6,761
(67.6%)
 
    Contract Carriers
20,340
2,762
NA
 
  Atlantic
2,721,653
2,294,779
18.6%
 
  Pacific
113,730
113,820
(0.1%)
 
Total System
12,412,607
13,798,212
(10.0%)
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
75.8%
74.9%
0.9
pts
  Delta Mainline
75.5%
75.8%
(0.3)
pts
  ASA
0.0%
73.0%
NA
pts
  Comair
75.0%
67.9%
7.1
pts
  Contract Carriers
77.9%
71.7%
6.2
pts
International
78.7%
81.3%
(2.6)
pts
  Latin America
70.0%
67.9%
2.1
pts
    Delta Mainline
69.8%
67.7%
2.1
pts
    ASA
0.0%
76.5%
NA
pts
    Comair
81.9%
66.4%
15.5
pts
    Contract Carriers
77.4%
64.0%
13.4
pts
  Atlantic
81.1%
85.5%
(4.4)
pts
  Pacific
88.1%
84.7%
3.4
pts
Total System
76.7%
76.3%
0.4
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
 8,777,919
10,527,172
(16.6%)
 

 

 

 

 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results
 
 
May 2006
May 2005
Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
33,365,652
37,859,403
(11.9%)
 
  Delta Mainline
26,737,899
31,492,599
(15.1%)
 
  ASA
0
2,278,419
NA
 
  Comair
2,045,989
2,461,325
(16.9%)
 
  Contract Carriers
4,581,764
1,627,060
NA
 
International
11,958,306
10,862,305
10.1%
 
  Latin America
3,376,080
2,673,875
26.3%
 
    Delta Mainline
3,279,327
2,605,422
25.9%
 
    ASA
0
47,492
NA
 
    Comair
28,712
13,849
NA
 
    Contract Carriers
68,041
7,112
NA
 
  Atlantic
8,106,520
7,733,742
4.8%
 
  Pacific
475,706
454,688
4.6%
 
Total System
45,323,958
48,721,708
(7.0%)
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
43,485,678
50,862,031
(14.5%)
 
  Delta Mainline
34,738,512
41,665,653
(16.6%)
 
  ASA
0
3,194,534
NA
 
  Comair
2,846,866
3,735,239
(23.8%)
 
  Contract Carriers
5,900,300
2,266,605
NA
 
International
15,677,797
13,924,160
12.6%
 
  Latin America
4,615,594
3,674,182
25.6%
 
    Delta Mainline
4,485,102
3,579,942
25.3%
 
    ASA
0
64,598
NA
 
    Comair
39,171
19,877
97.1%
 
    Contract Carriers
91,321
9,765
NA
 
  Atlantic
10,508,355
9,694,193
8.4%
 
  Pacific
553,848
555,785
(0.3%)
 
Total System
59,163,475
64,786,191
(8.7%)
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
76.7%
74.4%
2.3
pts
  Delta Mainline
77.0%
75.6%
1.4
pts
  ASA
0.0%
71.3%
NA
pts
  Comair
71.9%
65.9%
6.0
pts
  Contract Carriers
77.7%
71.8%
5.9
pts
International
76.3%
78.0%
(1.7)
pts
  Latin America
73.1%
72.8%
0.3
pts
    Delta Mainline
73.1%
72.8%
0.3
pts
    ASA
0.0%
73.5%
NA
pts
    Comair
73.3%
69.7%
3.6
pts
    Contract Carriers
74.5%
72.8%
1.7
pts
  Atlantic
77.1%
79.8%
(2.7)
pts
  Pacific
85.9%
81.8%
4.1
pts
Total System
76.6%
75.2%
1.4
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
43,102,107
50,058,846
(13.9%)
 

 

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