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Delta Air Lines (DAL) Dec. Capacity Up 0.9%, Traffic Down 0.4%

January 3, 2018 9:04 AM EST

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Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported operating performance for December 2017. The company carried 14.4 million passengers across its broad global network in the month.

Monthly highlights include:

  • Ordering 100 state-of-the-art Airbus 321neo aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2020 and a long-term commitment with Pratt & Whitney for Delta TechOps to be a major maintenance, repair and overhaul provider for the PW1100G and PW1500G engines, powering Delta's A321neo and C Series aircraft;
  • Being named the transportation industry leader and one of America's Most JUST Companies by Forbes and JUST Capital, a ranking of social and corporate responsibility;
  • Ranking as the top airline and No. 17 on the list of 50 large companies on Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2018; and
  • Retiring from scheduled service the Boeing 747-400 fleet, among the most iconic and recognizable aircraft, and the final retirement by a U.S. air carrier.

The company's operating performance is detailed in the table below.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 314 destinations in 54 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

Monthly Traffic Results (a)

Year to Date Traffic Results (a)

Dec 2017

Dec 2016

Change

Dec 2017

Dec 2016

Change

RPMs (000):

Domestic

10,633,635

10,636,873

(0.0%)

134,921,847

130,788,448

3.2%

Delta Mainline

8,986,334

8,870,856

1.3%

114,448,592

109,951,588

4.1%

Regional

1,647,301

1,766,017

(6.7%)

20,473,255

20,836,860

(1.7%)

International

6,094,189

6,163,170

(1.1%)

82,790,546

82,308,707

0.6%

Latin America

1,713,087

1,838,657

(6.8%)

20,407,827

19,789,825

3.1%

Delta Mainline

1,694,662

1,796,942

(5.7%)

20,040,661

19,243,525

4.1%

Regional

18,425

41,715

(55.8%)

367,166

546,300

(32.8%)

Atlantic

2,706,569

2,655,653

1.9%

41,641,403

39,738,261

4.8%

Pacific

1,674,532

1,668,860

0.3%

20,741,317

22,780,621

(9.0%)

Total System

16,727,824

16,800,043

(0.4%)

217,712,393

213,097,155

2.2%

ASMs (000):

Domestic

12,650,910

12,385,749

2.1%

157,415,614

153,349,383

2.7%

Delta Mainline

10,588,815

10,235,779

3.4%

131,964,074

127,439,343

3.6%

Regional

2,062,095

2,149,970

(4.1%)

25,451,540

25,910,040

(1.8%)

International

7,217,153

7,312,211

(1.3%)

96,909,500

98,518,013

(1.6%)

Latin America

2,028,230

2,183,735

(7.1%)

23,535,460

23,308,279

1.0%

Delta Mainline

2,005,209

2,129,334

(5.8%)

23,068,443

22,619,070

2.0%

Regional

23,020

54,401

(57.7%)

467,017

689,209

(32.2%)

Atlantic

3,269,977

3,201,704

2.1%

49,398,455

49,239,642

0.3%

Pacific

1,918,947

1,926,772

(0.4%)

23,975,585

25,970,092

(7.7%)

Total System

19,868,064

19,697,960

0.9%

254,325,114

251,867,396

1.0%

Load Factor:

Domestic

84.1%

85.9%

(1.8) Pts

85.7%

85.3%

0.4 Pts

Delta Mainline

84.9%

86.7%

(1.8) Pts

86.7%

86.3%

0.4 Pts

Regional

79.9%

82.1%

(2.2) Pts

80.4%

80.4%

0.0 Pts

International

84.4%

84.3%

0.1 Pts

85.4%

83.5%

1.9 Pts

Latin America

84.5%

84.2%

0.3 Pts

86.7%

84.9%

1.8 Pts

Delta Mainline

84.5%

84.4%

0.1 Pts

86.9%

85.1%

1.8 Pts

Regional

80.0%

76.7%

3.3 Pts

78.6%

79.3%

(0.7) Pts

Atlantic

82.8%

82.9%

(0.1) Pts

84.3%

80.7%

3.6 Pts

Pacific

87.3%

86.6%

0.7 Pts

86.5%

87.7%

(1.2) Pts

Total System

84.2%

85.3%

(1.1) Pts

85.6%

84.6%

1.0 Pts

Mainline Completion Factor

97.3%

99.8%

(2.5) Pts

Mainline On-time Performance

83.5%

81.4%

2.1 Pts

(preliminary DOT A14)

Passengers Boarded

14,373,041

14,662,236

(2.0%)

186,389,862

183,749,650

1.4%

Cargo Ton Miles (000):

174,782

165,079

5.9%

2,150,842

1,979,629

8.6%

aResults include flights operated under contract carrier arrangements



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