ATLANTA, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for May 2009. System traffic in May 2009, including both Delta and Northwest operations, decreased 9.7 percent compared to May 2008 on a 7.9 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor declined 1.6 points to 82.3 percent.

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Domestic traffic decreased 6.5 percent year over year on a 6.0 percent decrease in capacity. Domestic load factor declined 0.4 points to 84.1 percent. International traffic decreased 14.6 percent year over year on a 10.7 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor declined 3.7 points to 79.4 percent.

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, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to 382 destinations in 71 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's more than 70,000 employees worldwide 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 Air Lines
                                      Monthly Traffic Results (a)

                                May 2009          May 2008       Change
    RPMs (000):
    Domestic                   9,852,353        10,533,599       (6.5%)
      Mainline                 7,678,045         8,344,329       (8.0%)
      Regional                 2,174,308         2,189,270       (0.7%)
    International              6,001,046         7,023,425      (14.6%)
      Latin America              726,881           902,843      (19.5%)
        Mainline                 716,932           852,845      (15.9%)
        Regional                   9,949            49,998      (80.1%)
      Atlantic                 3,916,694         4,134,595       (5.3%)
      Pacific                  1,357,471         1,985,988      (31.6%)
    System                    15,853,399        17,557,024       (9.7%)

    ASMs (000):
    Domestic                  11,713,545        12,465,244       (6.0%)
      Mainline                 8,948,325         9,728,333       (8.0%)
      Regional                 2,765,220         2,736,911         1.0%
    International              7,553,379         8,454,699      (10.7%)
      Latin America            1,034,878         1,155,476      (10.4%)
         Mainline              1,017,550         1,085,743       (6.3%)
         Regional                 17,329            69,733      (75.2%)
      Atlantic                 4,686,285         4,994,518       (6.2%)
      Pacific                  1,832,216         2,304,705      (20.5%)
    System                    19,266,924        20,919,943       (7.9%)

    Load Factor
    Domestic                        84.1%             84.5%       (0.4)  pts
      Mainline                      85.8%             85.8%        0.0   pts
      Regional                      78.6%             80.0%       (1.4)  pts
    International                   79.4%             83.1%       (3.7)  pts
      Latin America                 70.2%             78.1%       (7.9)  pts
         Mainline                   70.5%             78.5%       (8.0)  pts
         Regional                   57.4%             71.7%      (14.3)  pts
      Atlantic                      83.6%             82.8%        0.8   pts
      Pacific                       74.1%             86.2%      (12.1)  pts
    System                          82.3%             83.9%       (1.6)  pts

    Passengers Boarded        13,725,597        14,842,020        (7.5%)

    Mainline Completion
     Factor                         99.7%             99.6%        0.1 pts

    Cargo Ton Miles (000):
      Mail                         6,638             9,457      (29.8%)
      Freight                    166,024           244,020      (32.0%)
      System                     172,663           253,477      (31.9%)


Endnote:

(a) Except where noted, results include Delta and Northwest operations, as well as flights operated under our contract carrier arrangements, for all periods presented.

                                          Delta Air Lines
                                   Year to Date Traffic Results (a)

                                  May 2009          May 2008       Change
    RPMs (000):
    Domestic                    46,319,630        50,806,192       (8.8%)
      Mainline                  36,369,853        40,635,847      (10.5%)
      Regional                   9,949,777        10,170,346       (2.2%)
    International               27,913,395        30,959,092       (9.8%)
      Latin America              5,064,360         5,712,937      (11.4%)
        Mainline                 4,981,490         5,447,458       (8.6%)
        Regional                    82,869           265,480      (68.8%)
      Atlantic                  15,364,958        16,258,695       (5.5%)
      Pacific                    7,484,078         8,987,460      (16.7%)
    System                      74,233,025        81,765,284       (9.2%)

    ASMs (000):
    Domestic                    57,287,393        62,460,806       (8.3%)
      Mainline                  43,914,890        49,177,213      (10.7%)
      Regional                  13,372,503        13,283,592        0.7%
    International               36,655,922        38,407,155       (4.6%)
      Latin America              6,737,554         7,104,075       (5.2%)
         Mainline                6,608,671         6,754,896       (2.2%)
         Regional                  128,882           349,179      (63.1%)
      Atlantic                  20,607,158        20,750,713       (0.7%)
      Pacific                    9,311,211        10,552,367      (11.8%)
    System                      93,943,314       100,867,960       (6.9%)

    Load Factor
    Domestic                          80.9%             81.3%       (0.4) pts
      Mainline                        82.8%             82.6%        0.2  pts
      Regional                        74.4%             76.6%       (2.2) pts
    International                     76.1%             80.6%       (4.5) pts
      Latin America                   75.2%             80.4%       (5.2) pts
         Mainline                     75.4%             80.6%       (5.2) pts
         Regional                     64.3%             76.0%      (11.7) pts
      Atlantic                        74.6%             78.4%       (3.8) pts
      Pacific                         80.4%             85.2%       (4.8) pts
    System                            79.0%             81.1%       (2.1) pts

    Passengers Boarded          64,469,367        70,805,297       (8.9%)

    Cargo Ton Miles (000):
      Mail                          34,013            47,435      (28.3%)
      Freight                      787,902         1,218,783      (35.4%)
      System                       821,914         1,266,219      (35.1%)


Endnote:

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

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SOURCE: Delta Air Lines

Web site: http://www.delta.com/

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