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Delta Reports Financial and Operating Performance for August

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Delta Reports Financial and Operating Performance for August09:00 EDT Wednesday, September 05, 2012ATLANTA, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial and operating performance for August 2012.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO )Delta's solid revenue improvement continued with consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increasing 4.0 percent year over year for the month of August.  The PRASM improvement was driven by a stable demand environment, corporate traffic momentum and revenue resulting from customer-facing product investments.  All entities generated positive unit revenue during the month of August, demonstrating continued strength.  Absent the 2011 FAA excise tax suspension, August 2012 unit revenue improvement would be approximately 1.5 points higher.  System load factor increased 0.9 points on a 1 percent reduction in capacity. Delta's adjusted fuel price per gallon was $3.26 for the month.Delta continued to have excellent operational performance in August, with a 99.4 percent completion factor and an on-time performance rate of 83.9 percent.The company's financial and operational performance is detailed below.Preliminary Financial and Operational Results ? August 2012 Consolidated PRASM change year over year4.0%Consolidated average fuel price, adjusted$3.26On-time performance (preliminary DOT A14)83.9%Mainline completion factor99.4%Note: Fuel price includes taxes, transportation, settled hedges, and hedge premiums,   but excludes mark to market adjustments on open hedges.Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology, won the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey and was the recipient of 12 Executive Travel Magazine Leading Edge Awards for U.S. airlines. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 320 destinations in 60 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.Monthly Traffic Results (a)Year to Date Traffic Results (a)Aug 2012Aug 2011ChangeAug 2012Aug 2011ChangeRPMs (000):Domestic10,939,71210,766,7101.6%78,189,20577,936,7960.3%Delta Mainline8,822,4328,543,9793.3%62,143,40461,561,2770.9%Regional2,117,2802,222,731(4.7%)16,045,80216,375,519(2.0%)International7,995,9788,127,468(1.6%)53,709,51353,894,487(0.3%)Latin America1,207,2661,127,3917.1%9,605,7309,366,5492.6%Delta Mainline1,193,8661,108,6667.7%9,492,0599,222,9922.9%Regional13,39918,725(28.4%)113,670143,557(20.8%)Atlantic4,296,3924,525,522(5.1%)27,501,09428,729,628(4.3%)Pacific2,492,3202,474,5550.7%16,602,68915,798,3105.1%Total System18,935,69018,894,1780.2%131,898,718131,831,2830.1%ASMs (000):Domestic12,554,72212,445,7550.9%92,201,11693,535,054(1.4%)Delta Mainline9,959,8939,711,2362.6%72,033,50872,660,912(0.9%)Regional2,594,8282,734,519(5.1%)20,167,60820,874,142(3.4%)International9,006,4149,288,828(3.0%)64,884,74366,992,340(3.1%)Latin America1,390,6521,342,9663.6%11,826,92011,832,3830.0%Delta Mainline1,371,3631,315,0274.3%11,657,56711,623,5720.3%Regional19,28927,939(31.0%)169,353208,811(18.9%)Atlantic4,802,6525,078,532(5.4%)33,007,84635,666,911(7.5%)Pacific2,813,1102,867,330(1.9%)20,049,97619,493,0462.9%Total System21,561,13621,734,583(0.8%)157,085,858160,527,394(2.1%)Load Factor:Domestic87.1%86.5%0.6pts84.8%83.3%1.5ptsDelta Mainline88.6%88.0%0.6pts86.3%84.7%1.6ptsRegional81.6%81.3%0.3pts79.6%78.4%1.2ptsInternational88.8%87.5%1.3pts82.8%80.4%2.4ptsLatin America86.8%83.9%2.9pts81.2%79.2%2.0ptsDelta Mainline87.1%84.3%2.8pts81.4%79.3%2.1ptsRegional69.5%67.0%2.5pts67.1%68.7%(1.6)ptsAtlantic89.5%89.1%0.4pts83.3%80.5%2.8ptsPacific88.6%86.3%2.3pts82.8%81.0%1.8ptsTotal System87.8%86.9%0.9pts84.0%82.1%1.9ptsMainline Completion99.4%98.1%1.3ptsFactorPassengers Boarded15,560,60915,317,5501.6%111,922,146111,019,6530.8%Cargo Ton Miles (000):205,156194,0445.7%1,589,3371,576,7890.8%Endnote:aResults include flights operated under contract carrier arrangements.Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresAugust 2012Delta sometimes uses information that is derived from its Consolidated Financial Statements, but that is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Certain of this information are considered "non-GAAP financial measures" under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules.  The non-GAAP financial measures may be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results.Mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges recorded in periods other than the settlement period ("MTM Adjustments"). We exclude MTM adjustments, which are based on market prices at the end of the reporting period and certain assumptions, as they are not necessarily indicative of the actual future value of the underlying hedge in the contract settlement period.August 2012(preliminary)Average price per fuel gallon including fuel expense incurred under contract carrier arrangements $2.62MTM Adjustments0.64Average price per fuel gallon, adjusted $3.26SOURCE Delta Air LinesFor further information: Corporate Communications, +1-404-715-2554, news archive at news.delta.com, Investor Relations, +1-404-715-2170