ATLANTA, June 4, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today reported record load factors for May 2008. Load factors for system (82.9 percent), domestic (84.2 percent), Latin (77.6 percent) and regional system (80.8 percent) were higher than any previous May on record for Delta.

System traffic in May 2008 increased 4.2 percent over May 2007 with a capacity increase of 1.5 percent. As a result of Delta's combination of unique markets and improved product offerings, international traffic remained strong in May, increasing 20.9 percent year over year on a 17.4 percent increase in capacity. Delta's international load factor was 80.8 percent, an increase of 2.3 points compared to May 2007. Domestic traffic in May 2008 decreased 3.8 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 6.5 percent.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during May. The number of international, Atlantic and Latin passengers increased 14.9 percent, 17.4 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

"May's strong unit revenue performance was driven by Delta's expanding international presence and the company's commitment to domestic capacity rationalization," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. "With continued yield growth, summer demand strength and growth in our cargo and ancillary revenues, we expect a solid summer. Our pre-emptive move in March to cut capacity for this fall leaves us well positioned to continue to deliver on our revenue targets."

Detailed traffic and capacity are below.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 324 destinations in 62 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 43 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 600 weekly flights to 62 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 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. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 474 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

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                                Delta Air Lines
                            Monthly Traffic Results(a)

                       May 2008         May 2007       Change
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 RPMs (000):
 Domestic              6,537,219        6,798,216      (3.8%)
  Delta Mainline       5,031,827        5,277,936      (4.7%)
  Comair                 382,130          388,723      (1.7%)
  Contract Carriers    1,123,262        1,131,557      (0.7%)
 International         3,971,206        3,283,396       20.9%
  Latin America          832,978          747,695       11.4%
   Delta Mainline        786,705          713,010       10.3%
   Comair                      0            1,071          NA
   Contract Carriers      46,273           33,614       37.7%
  Atlantic             2,892,393        2,438,260       18.6%
  Pacific                245,835           97,441      152.3%
 System               10,508,425       10,081,612        4.2%

 ASMs (000):
 Domestic              7,760,585        8,298,887      (6.5%)
  Delta Mainline       5,902,924        6,380,057      (7.5%)
  Comair                 489,153          505,867      (3.3%)
  Contract Carriers    1,368,508        1,412,963      (3.1%)
 International         4,912,730        4,183,198       17.4%
  Latin America        1,073,514        1,073,555        0.0%
   Delta Mainline      1,010,534        1,022,236      (1.1%)
   Comair                      0            1,370          NA
   Contract Carriers      62,980           49,949       26.1%
  Atlantic             3,517,576        2,995,906       17.4%
  Pacific                321,640          113,737      182.8%
 System               12,673,315       12,482,085        1.5%

 Load Factor
 Domestic                  84.2%            81.9%        2.3 pts
  Delta Mainline           85.2%            82.7%        2.5 pts
  Comair                   78.1%            76.8%        1.3 pts
  Contract Carriers        82.1%            80.1%        2.0 pts
 International             80.8%            78.5%        2.3 pts
  Latin America            77.6%            69.6%        8.0 pts
   Delta Mainline          77.9%            69.8%        8.1 pts
   Comair                   0.0%            78.2%         NA pts
   Contract Carriers       73.5%            67.3%        6.2 pts
  Atlantic                 82.2%            81.4%        0.8 pts
  Pacific                  76.4%            85.7%      (9.3) pts
 System                    82.9%            80.8%        2.1 pts

 Passengers Boarded    8,960,838        9,134,570      (1.9%)

 Completion Factor         99.6%            99.5%        0.1 pts

 Cargo Ton Miles:
  Mail                 6,337,000        4,963,911      27.7%
  Freight             98,368,203       89,196,719      10.3%
  Total System       104,705,203       94,160,630      11.2%

Endnote:

(a) Results reflect operations under our contract carrier arrangements with the following airlines: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., Freedom Airlines, Inc., Shuttle America Corp. and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines, Inc beginning June 2007 and December 2007, respectively.



                                    Delta Air Lines
                             Year to Date Traffic Results (a)

                           May 2008       May 2007       Change
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 RPMs (000):
 Domestic                 32,128,359     32,645,225      (1.6%)
  Delta Mainline          24,861,835     25,525,061      (2.6%)
  Comair                   1,828,622      1,815,207        0.7%
  Contract Carriers        5,437,902      5,304,957        2.5%
 International            16,654,566     14,472,467       15.1%
  Latin America            4,647,655      4,334,630        7.2%
   Delta Mainline          4,385,900      4,151,854        5.6%
   Comair                      5,202          4,690       10.9%
   Contract Carriers         256,553        178,086       44.1%
  Atlantic                11,200,909      9,669,935       15.8%
  Pacific                    806,002        467,902       72.3%
 Total System             48,782,925     47,117,692        3.5%

 ASMs (000):
 Domestic                 39,774,523     41,020,941      (3.0%)
  Delta Mainline          30,396,963     31,645,585      (3.9%)
  Comair                   2,493,998      2,523,801      (1.2%)
  Contract Carriers        6,883,562      6,851,555        0.5%
 International            21,368,443     18,798,212       13.7%
  Latin America            5,867,929      5,904,940      (0.6%)
   Delta Mainline          5,525,503      5,639,896      (2.0%)
   Comair                      6,489          5,940        9.2%
   Contract Carriers         335,937        259,104       29.7%
  Atlantic                14,422,309     12,341,060       16.9%
  Pacific                  1,078,205        552,212       95.3%
 Total System             61,142,966     59,819,153        2.2%

 Load Factor
 Domestic                      80.8%          79.6%        1.2 pts
  Delta Mainline               81.8%          80.7%        1.1 pts
  Comair                       73.3%          71.9%        1.4 pts
  Contract Carriers            79.0%          77.4%        1.6 pts
 International                 77.9%          77.0%        0.9 pts
  Latin America                79.2%          73.4%        5.8 pts
   Delta Mainline              79.4%          73.6%        5.8 pts
   Comair                      80.2%          79.0%        1.2 pts
   Contract Carriers           76.4%          68.7%        7.7 pts
  Atlantic                     77.7%          78.4%      (0.7) pts
  Pacific                      74.8%          84.7%      (9.9) pts
 Total System                  79.8%          78.8%        1.0 pts

 Passengers Boarded       43,469,218     43,582,553     (0.3%)

 Cargo Ton Miles:
  Mail                    27,672,050     23,750,690      16.5%
  Freight                471,812,749    422,103,396      11.8%
  Total System           499,484,799    445,854,086      12.0%

Endnote:

(a) Results reflect operations under our contract carrier arrangements with the following airlines: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., Freedom Airlines, Inc., Shuttle America Corp. and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for all periods presented, and ExpressJet Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines, Inc beginning June 2007 and December 2007, respectively.

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