ATLANTA, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for September 2009. System traffic in September 2009, including both Delta and Northwest operations, decreased 5.2 percent compared to September 2008 on a 6.7 percent decrease in capacity. Load factor increased 1.4 points to 82.6 percent.

Domestic traffic decreased 3.3 percent year over year on a 3.9 percent decrease in capacity. Domestic load factor increased 0.5 points to 82.0 percent. International traffic decreased 7.8 percent year over year on a 10.5 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor increased 2.5 points to 83.3 percent.

Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

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                                 Delta Air Lines
                           Monthly Traffic Results (a)

                            September 2009    September 2008      Change
                            --------------    --------------      ------
    RPMs (000):
    Domestic                     8,882,412         9,182,983       (3.3%)
      Mainline                   6,932,706         7,299,301       (5.0%)
      Regional                   1,949,706         1,883,682        3.5%
    International                6,243,450         6,769,898       (7.8%)
      Latin America                610,099           607,456        0.4%
        Mainline                   598,918           587,783        1.9%
        Regional                    11,181            19,674      (43.2%)
      Atlantic                   3,979,561         4,309,783       (7.7%)
      Pacific                    1,653,790         1,852,658      (10.7%)
    System                      15,125,862        15,952,881       (5.2%)

    ASMs (000):
    Domestic                    10,825,624        11,263,058       (3.9%)
      Mainline                   8,317,017         8,750,971       (5.0%)
      Regional                   2,508,607         2,512,087       (0.1%)
    International                7,495,798         8,373,484      (10.5%)
      Latin America                810,694           819,012       (1.0%)
         Mainline                  794,228           791,028        0.4%
         Regional                   16,466            27,983      (41.2%)
      Atlantic                   4,653,424         5,330,472      (12.7%)
      Pacific                    2,031,680         2,224,001       (8.6%)
    System                      18,321,422        19,636,543       (6.7%)

    Load Factor
    Domestic                          82.0%             81.5%       0.5   pts
      Mainline                        83.4%             83.4%       0.0   pts
      Regional                        77.7%             75.0%       2.7   pts
    International                     83.3%             80.8%       2.5   pts
      Latin America                   75.3%             74.2%       1.1   pts
         Mainline                     75.4%             74.3%       1.1   pts
         Regional                     67.9%             70.3%      (2.4)  pts
      Atlantic                        85.5%             80.9%       4.6   pts
      Pacific                         81.4%             83.3%      (1.9)  pts
    System                            82.6%             81.2%       1.4   pts

    Passengers Boarded          12,541,489        13,059,830       (4.0%)

    Mainline Completion
     Factor                           99.5%             99.2%       0.3   pts

    Cargo Ton Miles (000):
      Mail                           7,257             8,934      (18.8%)
      Freight                      200,084           217,710       (8.1%)
      System                       207,341           226,644       (8.5%)

    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)

                            September 2009    September 2008      Change
                            --------------    --------------      ------
    RPMs (000):
    Domestic                    88,887,063        94,548,500       (6.0%)
      Mainline                  69,816,078        75,661,003       (7.7%)
      Regional                  19,070,985        18,887,497        1.0%
    International               56,505,497        61,334,862       (7.9%)
      Latin America              8,684,914         9,560,725       (9.2%)
        Mainline                 8,532,578         9,116,214       (6.4%)
        Regional                   152,336           444,510      (65.7%)
      Atlantic                  33,112,234        34,895,671       (5.1%)
      Pacific                   14,708,348        16,878,466      (12.9%)
    System                     145,392,560       155,883,363       (6.7%)

    ASMs (000):
    Domestic                   106,578,220       113,448,369       (6.1%)
      Mainline                  81,957,788        89,246,959       (8.2%)
      Regional                  24,620,432        24,201,410        1.7%
    International               70,400,693        74,589,387       (5.6%)
      Latin America             11,128,676        11,864,479       (6.2%)
         Mainline               10,911,048        11,281,712       (3.3%)
         Regional                  217,628           582,767      (62.7%)
      Atlantic                  41,089,567        42,953,851       (4.3%)
      Pacific                   18,182,449        19,771,057       (8.0%)
    System                     176,978,913       188,037,756       (5.9%)

    Load Factor
    Domestic                          83.4%             83.3%       0.1   pts
      Mainline                        85.2%             84.8%       0.4   pts
      Regional                        77.5%             78.0%      (0.5)  pts
    International                     80.3%             82.2%      (1.9)  pts
      Latin America                   78.0%             80.6%      (2.6)  pts
         Mainline                     78.2%             80.8%      (2.6)  pts
         Regional                     70.0%             76.3%      (6.3)  pts
      Atlantic                        80.6%             81.2%      (0.6)  pts
      Pacific                         80.9%             85.4%      (4.5)  pts
    System                            82.2%             82.9%      (0.7)  pts

    Passengers Boarded         123,102,054       131,277,421       (6.2%)

    Cargo Ton Miles (000):
      Mail                          61,786            83,958      (26.4%)
      Freight                    1,556,604         2,158,998      (27.9%)
      System                     1,618,390         2,242,956      (27.8%)


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

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

SOURCE: Delta Air Lines

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

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