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Delta Reports Financial and Operating Performance for October 2012

Friday, November 02, 2012

Delta Reports Financial and Operating Performance for October 201209:00 EDT Friday, November 02, 2012ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial and operating performance for October 2012.During the month of October, Delta's unit revenues improved 5.5 percent versus prior year, primarily due to corporate revenue gains and continued capacity discipline. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO) In response to Hurricane Sandy, Delta cancelled more than 3,500 flights in October, which caused a 2 percent system capacity reduction versus prior year.  The company is estimating that the hurricane negatively impacted October revenues by $45 million and reduced October profit by approximately $20 million.  Delta is still assessing the impact to November, but expects it to be less than October.  Delta's October unit revenue improvement was approximately one point higher than it would have been without the hurricane impact.  Delta's New York area operations are recovering from the storm's disruption.  As of Thursday, Delta is operating at close to full schedule at New York-JFK and Newark, and operating at 80 percent of its normal schedule at LaGuardia.  The company anticipates flying a full schedule at LaGuardia today."I'm proud of the efforts of Delta's employees throughout the system in responding to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and taking care of our customers," said Richard Anderson, Delta's chief executive officer.  "It's during events such as these that the team's dedication to our passengers really shines."   Despite the impacts of the hurricane, Delta continued to have excellent operational performance in October.  Delta's completion factor was 98 percent, and 85.5 percent of flights arrived on time.The company's financial and operational performance is detailed below.  Preliminary Financial and Operational Results  October Consolidated PRASM change year over year5.5%Projected December quarter fuel price per gallon, adjusted$3.15 ? 3.20October On-time performance (preliminary DOT A14)85.5%October Mainline completion factor98.0%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 313 destinations in 58 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.Forward Looking StatementsStatements in this investor update that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the cost of aircraft fuel; the impact of posting collateral in connection with our fuel hedge contracts; the impact of significant funding obligations with respect to defined benefit pension plans; the impact that our indebtedness may have on our financial and operating activities and our ability to incur additional debt; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements will have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; interruptions or disruptions in service at one of our hub airports; our increasing dependence on technology in our operations; the ability of our credit card processors to take significant holdbacks in certain circumstances; the possible effects of accidents involving our aircraft; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; the effects of an extended disruption in services provided by third party regional carriers; our ability to retain management and key employees; competitive conditions in the airline industry; the effects of the rapid spread of contagious illnesses; and the effects of terrorist attacks.  Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause differences between actual results and forward-looking statements is contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2011 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of November 2, 2012, and which we have no current intention to update.Monthly Traffic Results (a)Year to Date Traffic Results (a)Oct 2012Oct 2011ChangeOct 2012Oct 2011ChangeRPMs (000):Domestic9,695,5199,779,263(0.9%)96,875,22197,097,076(0.2%)Delta Mainline7,750,0007,676,5451.0%77,114,49476,606,4210.7%Regional1,945,5192,102,718(7.5%)19,760,72720,490,655(3.6%)International6,335,1116,200,8642.2%66,843,05766,675,3150.3%Latin America949,463850,05511.7%11,498,21711,038,2654.2%    Delta Mainline936,892834,72712.2%11,360,58410,865,5274.6%    Regional12,57115,328(18.0%)137,632172,738(20.3%)Atlantic3,383,9743,489,098(3.0%)34,610,11435,953,767(3.7%)Pacific2,001,6741,861,7117.5%20,734,72719,683,2835.3%Total System16,030,63115,980,1270.3%163,718,278163,772,391(0.0%)ASMs (000):Domestic11,444,58811,596,848(1.3%)114,809,444116,439,360(1.4%)Delta Mainline9,029,4878,985,3610.5%89,944,07390,405,785(0.5%)Regional2,415,1012,611,487(7.5%)24,865,37126,033,575(4.5%)International7,499,0627,697,781(2.6%)80,193,88482,476,958(2.8%)Latin America1,158,0651,101,7935.1%14,125,64714,000,0000.9%    Delta Mainline1,139,8891,076,1375.9%13,921,30813,741,7631.3%    Regional18,17625,656(29.2%)204,339258,237(20.9%)Atlantic3,933,3274,224,659(6.9%)41,083,37644,139,546(6.9%)Pacific2,407,6692,371,3291.5%24,984,86124,337,4122.7%Total System18,943,65019,294,629(1.8%)195,003,327198,916,318(2.0%)Load Factor:Domestic84.7%84.3%0.4pts84.4%83.4%1.0ptsDelta Mainline85.8%85.4%0.4pts85.7%84.7%1.0ptsRegional80.6%80.5%0.1pts79.5%78.7%0.8ptsInternational84.5%80.6%3.9pts83.4%80.8%2.6ptsLatin America82.0%77.2%4.8pts81.4%78.8%2.6pts    Delta Mainline82.2%77.6%4.6pts81.6%79.1%2.5pts    Regional69.2%59.7%9.5pts67.4%66.9%0.5ptsAtlantic86.0%82.6%3.4pts84.2%81.5%2.7ptsPacific83.1%78.5%4.6pts83.0%80.9%2.1ptsTotal System84.6%82.8%1.8pts84.0%82.3%1.7ptsMainline Completion98.0%99.7%(1.7)ptsFactorPassengers Boarded14,060,27313,950,9580.8%139,102,929138,348,8030.5%Cargo Ton Miles (000):205,342208,024(1.3%)1,996,3771,980,3330.8%Endnote:aResults include flights operated under contract carrier arrangements.   SOURCE Delta Air LinesFor further information: Corporate Communications, +1-404-715-2554, news archive at news.delta.com, or Investor Relations, +1-404-715-2170