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Delta Reports Operating Performance for September 2017



ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported operating performance for September 2017. The company carried 14.7 million passengers across our broad global network in the month. 

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

During the month, Hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted operations across the Caribbean and Southeastern United States.  Hurricane Irma significantly impacted operations with 2,200 flights cancelled from September 7-12 at airports in Florida, the Caribbean, and Georgia, including the company's Atlanta hub.

Over the course of the month, Delta took the following action to assist customers impacted by the storms:

In an Investor Update issued this morning, Delta announced that it expects its operating margin to be 15.5%-16.5%1.  Hurricane Irma negatively impacted results by approximately $120 million which translates to approximately one point of margin. 

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 six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 311 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, 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)
































Sep 2017


Sep 2016


Change


Sep 2017


Sep 2016


Change















RPMs (000):














Domestic

10,526,699


10,492,829


0.3%


101,862,838


98,608,152


3.3%



Delta Mainline

8,920,552


8,803,704


1.3%


86,419,931


83,035,495


4.1%



Regional

1,606,147


1,689,125


(4.9%)


15,442,906


15,572,657


(0.8%)


International

7,127,900


7,104,670


0.3%


64,669,919


64,504,441


0.3%



Latin America

1,212,585


1,198,938


1.1%


16,044,458


15,347,022


4.5%



  Delta Mainline

1,194,474


1,161,396


2.8%


15,738,017


14,919,893


5.5%



  Regional

18,111


37,542


(51.8%)


306,441


427,129


(28.3%)



Atlantic

4,144,444


3,894,243


6.4%


32,836,381


31,358,414


4.7%



Pacific

1,770,871


2,011,489


(12.0%)


15,789,080


17,799,005


(11.3%)


Total System

17,654,599


17,597,499


0.3%


166,532,757


163,112,593


2.1%





























ASMs (000):














Domestic

12,591,574


12,314,577


2.2%


118,913,689


116,184,487


2.3%



Delta Mainline

10,579,237


10,208,864


3.6%


99,646,553


96,679,003


3.1%



Regional

2,012,338


2,105,713


(4.4%)


19,267,136


19,505,484


(1.2%)


International

8,331,622


8,481,876


(1.8%)


75,349,779


76,968,001


(2.1%)



Latin America

1,428,763


1,412,213


1.2%


18,389,390


18,102,457


1.6%



  Delta Mainline

1,404,305


1,362,514


3.1%


17,997,091


17,570,715


2.4%



  Regional

24,457


49,699


(50.8%)


392,299


531,742


(26.2%)



Atlantic

4,829,936


4,773,905


1.2%


38,706,415


38,706,024


0.0%



Pacific

2,072,923


2,295,758


(9.7%)


18,253,974


20,159,520


(9.5%)


Total System

20,923,196


20,796,453


0.6%


194,263,468


193,152,488


0.6%





























Load Factor:














Domestic

83.6%


85.2%


 (1.6) Pts


85.7%


84.9%


0.8 Pts



Delta Mainline

84.3%


86.2%


 (1.9) Pts


86.7%


85.9%


0.8 Pts



Regional

79.8%


80.2%


 (0.4) Pts


80.2%


79.8%


0.4 Pts


International

85.6%


83.8%


1.8 Pts


85.8%


83.8%


2.0 Pts



Latin America

84.9%


84.9%


0.0 Pts


87.2%


84.8%


2.4 Pts



  Delta Mainline

85.1%


85.2%


 (0.1) Pts


87.4%


84.9%


2.5 Pts



  Regional

74.1%


75.5%


 (1.4) Pts


78.1%


80.3%


 (2.2) Pts



Atlantic

85.8%


81.6%


4.2 Pts


84.8%


81.0%


3.8 Pts



Pacific

85.4%


87.6%


 (2.2) Pts


86.5%


88.3%


 (1.8) Pts


Total System

84.4%


84.6%


 (0.2) Pts


85.7%


84.4%


1.3 Pts





























Mainline Completion Factor

97.9%


99.9%


 (2.0) Pts





















Mainline On-time Performance

88.7%


90.2%


 (1.5) Pts







          (preliminary DOT A14)


























Passengers Boarded

14,652,094


14,991,797


(2.3%)


140,946,044


138,716,755


1.6%















Cargo Ton Miles (000):

187,231


171,112


9.4%


1,609,400


1,473,263


9.2%















aResults include flights operated under contract carrier arrangements



 

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release 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 effects of terrorist attacks or geopolitical conflict; the cost of aircraft fuel; the impact of fuel hedging activity including rebalancing our hedge portfolio, recording mark-to-market adjustments or posting collateral in connection with our fuel hedge contracts; the availability of aircraft fuel; the performance of our significant investments in airlines in other parts of the world; the possible effects of accidents involving our aircraft; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements could have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; interruptions or disruptions in service at one of our hub, gateway or key airports; breaches or security lapses in our information technology systems; disruptions in our information technology infrastructure; our dependence on technology in our operations; 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; failure or inability of insurance to cover a significant liability at Monroe's Trainer refinery; the impact of environmental regulation on the Trainer refinery, including costs related to renewable fuel standard regulations; our ability to retain management and key employees; competitive conditions in the airline industry; the effects of extensive government regulation on our business; the sensitivity of the airline industry to prolonged periods of stagnant or weak economic conditions; uncertainty in economic conditions and regulatory environment in the United Kingdom related to the likely exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union; and the effects of the rapid spread of contagious illnesses.  

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, 2016.  Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of Oct. 3, 2017, and which we have no current intention to update.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(1)   Delta sometimes uses information ("non-GAAP financial measures") that is derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements, but that is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, 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.  The tables below show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures used in this update to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Operating Margin, Adjusted

We adjust for the following items to determine operating margin, adjusted for the reasons described below. Adjusting for these items allows investors to better understand and analyze our core operational performance in the period shown.

Mark-to-market ("MTM") adjustments and settlements. MTM adjustments are defined as fair value changes recorded in periods other than the settlement period. Such fair value changes are not necessarily indicative of the actual settlement value of the underlying hedge in the contract settlement period. Settlements represent cash received or paid on hedge contracts settled during the period. These items adjust fuel expense to show the economic impact of hedging, including cash received or paid on hedge contracts during the period.

Refinery Sales. Delta's refinery segment provides jet fuel to the airline segment from its own production and from jet fuel obtained through agreements with third parties. Activities of the refinery segment are primarily for the benefit of the airline. However, from time to time, the refinery sells fuel by-products to third parties. These sales are recorded gross within other revenue and other operating expense.

 





(Projected)





Three Months Ended





September 30, 2017

Operating margin



15.9% - 17.1%

Adjusted for:




    MTM adjustments and settlements


(0.6)% - (0.8)%

    Refinery sales



0.2%

Operating margin, adjusted



15.5% - 16.5%






 

SOURCE Delta Air Lines


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