ATLANTA, Oct. 4, 2006 – Delta Air Lines today reported traffic results for September 20061,2. System traffic for September 2006 decreased 3.4 percent from September 2005 with a capacity decrease of 5.4 percent. Delta’s system load factor was 74.6 percent in September 2006, up 1.5 points from the same period last year.

Domestic traffic in September 2006 decreased 12.2 percent year over year, and capacity decreased 14.3 percent. Domestic load factor in September 2006 was 73.5 percent, up 1.7 points from the same period a year ago. International traffic in September 2006 increased 21.6 percent year over year on a 21.6 percent increase in capacity. International load factor was 76.9 percent which was flat compared to September 2005.

During September 2006, Delta operated its schedule at a 98.3 percent completion rate compared to 96.4 percent in September 2005. Delta boarded 8.1 million passengers during the month of September 2006, a decrease of 9.8 percent from September 2005. Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 292 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel with flights to 29 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 400 weekly flights to 48 destinations. 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. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 461 worldwide destinations in 96 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

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

2 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
 
 
 September 2006
September 2005
 Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
6,102,805
6,949,701
 (12.2%)
 
  Delta Mainline
4,781,349
5,655,671
 (15.5%)
 
  ASA
0
110,297
 NM
 
  Comair
417,515
493,132
 (15.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
903,941
690,601
 30.9%
 
International
2,974,953
2,447,482
 21.6%
 
  Latin America
523,584
437,231
 19.7%
 
    Delta Mainline
499,972
423,689
 18.0%
 
    ASA
0
2,311
 NM
 
    Comair
553
1,212
 (54.4%)
 
    Contract Carriers
23,059
10,019
 130.2%
 
  Atlantic
2,357,667
1,917,955
 22.9%
 
  Pacific
93,702
92,296
 1.5%
 
Total System
9,077,758
9,397,183
 (3.4%)
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
8,299,695
9,681,064
 (14.3%)
 
  Delta Mainline
6,461,698
7,770,475
 (16.8%)
 
  ASA
0
156,237
 NM
 
  Comair
588,818
767,319
 (23.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
1,249,179
987,033
 26.6%
 
International
3,870,947
3,182,475
 21.6%
 
  Latin America
818,517
725,082
 12.9%
 
    Delta Mainline
781,813
703,735
 11.1%
 
    ASA
0
3,389
 NM
 
    Comair
910
2,588
 (64.8%)
 
    Contract Carriers
35,794
15,370
 132.9%
 
  Atlantic
2,942,385
2,348,141
 25.3%
 
  Pacific
110,045
109,252
 0.7%
 
Total System
12,170,642
12,863,539
 (5.4%)
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
73.5%
71.8%
 1.7
pts
  Delta Mainline
74.0%
72.8%
 1.2
pts
  ASA
0.0%
70.6%
 NM
pts
  Comair
70.9%
64.3%
 6.6
pts
  Contract Carriers
72.4%
70.0%
 2.4
pts
International
76.9%
76.9%
 0.0
pts
  Latin America
64.0%
60.3%
 3.7
pts
    Delta Mainline
64.0%
60.2%
 3.8
pts
    ASA
0.0%
68.2%
 NM
pts
    Comair
60.8%
46.8%
 14.0
pts
    Contract Carriers
64.4%
65.2%
 (0.8)
pts
  Atlantic
80.1%
81.7%
 (1.6)
pts
  Pacific
85.1%
84.5%
 0.6
pts
Total System
74.6%
73.1%
 1.5
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
8,064,158
8,942,212
 (9.8%)
 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Air Lines
Year to Date Traffic Results
 
 
September 2006
September 2005
 Change
 
RPMs (000):
       
Domestic
62,633,091
70,810,981
 (11.5%)
 
  Delta Mainline
49,963,400
58,873,776
 (15.1%)
 
  ASA
0
3,960,272
 NM
 
  Comair
4,008,267
4,623,029
 (13.3%)
 
  Contract Carriers
8,661,424
3,353,904
 158.2%
 
International
25,587,257
21,541,918
 18.8%
 
  Latin America
6,288,728
4,857,282
 29.5%
 
    Delta Mainline
6,097,114
4,715,424
 29.3%
 
    ASA
0
85,996
 NM
 
    Comair
32,983
31,008
 6.4%
 
    Contract Carriers
158,631
24,854
 NM
 
  Atlantic
18,424,159
15,842,334
 16.3%
 
  Pacific
874,370
842,302
 3.8%
 
Total System
88,220,348
92,352,899
 (4.5%)
 
         
ASMs (000):
       
Domestic
79,578,772
92,440,055
 (13.9%)
 
  Delta Mainline
63,082,346
75,549,909
 (16.5%)
 
  ASA
0
5,423,696
 NM
 
  Comair
5,400,061
6,820,122
 (20.8%)
 
  Contract Carriers
11,096,365
4,646,328
 138.8%
 
International
32,384,494
26,956,978
 20.1%
 
  Latin America
8,514,802
6,717,201
 26.8%
 
    Delta Mainline
8,256,108
6,517,062
 26.7%
 
    ASA
0
117,195
 NM
 
    Comair
44,793
45,898
 (2.4%)
 
    Contract Carriers
213,901
37,046
 NM
 
  Atlantic
22,869,438
19,236,952
 18.9%
 
  Pacific
1,000,254
1,002,825
 (0.3%)
 
Total System
111,963,266
119,397,033
 (6.2%)
 
         
Load Factor
       
Domestic
78.7%
76.6%
 2.1
pts
  Delta Mainline
79.2%
77.9%
 1.3
pts
  ASA
0.0%
73.0%
 NM
pts
  Comair
74.2%
67.8%
 6.4
pts
  Contract Carriers
78.1%
72.2%
 5.9
pts
International
79.0%
79.9%
 (0.9)
pts
  Latin America
73.9%
72.3%
 1.6
pts
    Delta Mainline
73.8%
72.4%
 1.4
pts
    ASA
0.0%
73.4%
 NM
pts
    Comair
73.6%
67.6%
 6.0
pts
    Contract Carriers
74.2%
67.1%
 7.1
pts
  Atlantic
80.6%
82.4%
 (1.8)
pts
  Pacific
87.4%
84.0%
 3.4
pts
Total System
78.8%
77.3%
 1.5
pts
         
Passengers Boarded
80,308,246
91,681,740
 (12.4%)
 

 

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