ATLANTA, Feb. 17, 2006 – Delta Air Lines’ focus on improving its operational performance for its customers has already begun to make a noticeable impact. According to the Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ranked first and second, respectively, in on-time arrivals among the largest 33 airports in 2005.
"Flying our customers to their destinations safely and on time is what Delta people work hard to achieve every day,” said Joe Kolshak, executive vice president and chief of operations. “Delta’s performance is a major reason Salt Lake City and Cincinnati have achieved industry-leading operations. As a hub operation, both Salt Lake City and Cincinnati have scores of connecting flights every day and the numbers show that Delta is committed to - and successful at - getting our customers to their final destinations safely and on time.”
Delta also was the most on-time carrier in 2005 at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Delta’s largest hub and the world’s largest airport. The company continues to make significant strides in all areas of its operation, as evidenced by operating all of its scheduled domestic flights on Wednesday, February 15 for a 100 percent completion factor, according to the DOT.
“Such an accomplishment is significant in this industry,” Kolshak said. ”We are pleased with our achievements and proud of our people, but there is still progress to be made. Our goal is to achieve top-tier industry performance in 2006, and we will succeed by building on the momentum we have created in providing customers with a predictable, on time and safe flying experience.”
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is one of the world’s fastest growing international carriers with more than 50 new international routes added or announced in the last year. Delta offers daily flights to 503 destinations in 94 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. In summer 2006, Delta plans to offer customers more destinations and departures between the U.S., Europe, India and Israel than any global airline*, including service on 11 new transatlantic routes from its Atlanta and New York-JFK hubs. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with more than 35 routes announced, added or applied to serve since Jan. 1, 2005. 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.
*Based on May 2006 OAG.