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Delta Air Lines Achieves Record February Load Factors

ATLANTA, March 5, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today reported record load factors for February. Load factors for system (74.9 percent), mainline system (75.0 percent), domestic (77.1 percent) and Latin (76.7 percent) were higher than any previous February on record for Delta.

System traffic in February 2008 increased 6.7 percent over February 2007 with a capacity increase of 5.6 percent. International traffic increased 13.1 percent year over year on a 12.9 percent increase in capacity. Domestic traffic in February 2008 increased 4.1 percent year over year on a capacity increase of 2.4 percent.

In addition, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of February. The number of international, Atlantic and Latin passengers increased 10.6 percent, 14.4 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

"In February, international unit revenues continued to perform very well compared to the prior year period, driven by strong improvements in yield and traffic in the Atlantic and Pacific regions," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. "Domestic demand remained strong, demonstrated by another month of record load factors; however, yields have been pressured by competitor pricing actions that are inconsistent with recent record high fuel prices."

Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 315 destinations in 59 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 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 650 weekly flights to 65 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 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. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 744 worldwide destinations in 151 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)(b)

                         February 2008   February 2007      Change
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 RPMs (000):

 Domestic                    5,882,426       5,651,342        4.1%
   Delta Mainline            4,561,026       4,418,495        3.2%
   Comair                      315,048         297,203        6.0%
   Contract Carriers         1,006,352         935,644        7.6%
 International               2,590,168       2,289,162       13.1%
   Latin America               891,580         826,796        7.8%
     Delta Mainline            840,975         792,810        6.1%
     Comair                      1,351             708       90.8%
     Contract Carriers          49,254          33,278       48.0%
   Atlantic                  1,598,077       1,376,830       16.1%
   Pacific                     100,511          85,536       17.5%
 System                      8,472,594       7,940,504        6.7%

 ASMs (000):

 Domestic                    7,631,864       7,455,084        2.4%
   Delta Mainline            5,865,070       5,762,722        1.8%
   Comair                      459,013         447,690        2.5%
   Contract Carriers         1,307,781       1,244,672        5.1%
 International               3,675,723       3,256,711       12.9%
   Latin America             1,162,480       1,171,748      (0.8%)
     Delta Mainline          1,095,007       1,121,128      (2.3%)
     Comair                      1,704           1,011       68.5%
     Contract Carriers          65,769          49,609       32.6%
   Atlantic                  2,373,814       1,982,234       19.8%
   Pacific                     139,429         102,729       35.7%
 System                     11,307,587      10,711,795        5.6%

 Load Factor

 Domestic                        77.1%           75.8%         1.3 pts
   Delta Mainline                77.8%           76.7%         1.1 pts
   Comair                        68.6%           66.4%         2.2 pts
   Contract Carriers             77.0%           75.2%         1.8 pts
 International                   70.5%           70.3%         0.2 pts
   Latin America                 76.7%           70.6%         6.1 pts
     Delta Mainline              76.8%           70.7%         6.1 pts
     Comair                      79.3%           70.0%         9.3 pts
     Contract Carriers           74.9%           67.1%         7.8 pts
   Atlantic                      67.3%           69.5%       (2.2) pts
   Pacific                       72.1%           83.3%      (11.2) pts
 System                          74.9%           74.1%         0.8 pts

 Passengers Boarded          7,909,140       7,527,101        5.1%

 Completion Factor               98.4%           97.4%         1.0 pts



                         Delta Air Lines
                 Year to Date Traffic Results(a)(b)

                         February 2008   February 2007      Change
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 RPMs (000):

 Domestic                   11,890,187      11,744,458        1.2%
   Delta Mainline            9,228,534       9,210,606        0.2%
   Comair                      653,546         647,201        1.0%
   Contract Carriers         2,008,107       1,886,651        6.4%
 International               5,658,071       5,051,558       12.0%
   Latin America             1,892,094       1,801,288        5.0%
     Delta Mainline          1,793,565       1,731,902        3.6%
     Comair                      2,138           1,357       57.6%
     Contract Carriers          96,391          68,029       41.7%
   Atlantic                  3,531,954       3,069,540       15.1%
   Pacific                     234,023         180,730       29.5%
 Total System               17,548,258      16,796,016        4.5%

 ASMs (000):

 Domestic                   15,653,232      15,773,935      (0.8%)
   Delta Mainline           12,012,486      12,192,140      (1.5%)
   Comair                      972,086       1,000,625      (2.9%)
   Contract Carriers         2,668,660       2,581,170        3.4%
 International               7,695,278       6,954,361       10.7%
   Latin America             2,378,072       2,471,472      (3.8%)
     Delta Mainline          2,246,781       2,366,752      (5.1%)
     Comair                      2,895           1,959       47.8%
     Contract Carriers         128,396         102,761       24.9%
   Atlantic                  5,012,212       4,266,382       17.5%
   Pacific                     304,994         216,507       40.9%
 Total System               23,348,510      22,728,296        2.7%

 Load Factor

 Domestic                        76.0%           74.5%         1.5 pts
   Delta Mainline                76.8%           75.5%         1.3 pts
   Comair                        67.2%           64.7%         2.5 pts
   Contract Carriers             75.2%           73.1%         2.1 pts
 International                   73.5%           72.6%         0.9 pts
   Latin America                 79.6%           72.9%         6.7 pts
     Delta Mainline              79.8%           73.2%         6.6 pts
     Comair                      73.9%           69.3%         4.6 pts
     Contract Carriers           75.1%           66.2%         8.9 pts
   Atlantic                      70.5%           71.9%       (1.4) pts
   Pacific                       76.7%           83.5%       (6.8) pts
 Total System                    75.2%           73.9%         1.3 pts

 Passengers Boarded         15,967,171      15,628,856        2.2%

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.

(b) Mainline system includes domestic Delta mainline, Latin Delta mainline, Atlantic and Pacific operations

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