Delta Air Lines Reports 2009 Financial Results

ATLANTA, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial results for the December quarter and full year 2009. Key points include: -- Delta's net loss excluding special items(1) for the December...

Company Highlights

In 2009, Delta continued to position itself as the world's No. 1 airline, with an ongoing commitment to employees, customers and communities. Key accomplishments include:

Special Items

Delta recorded special items totaling a net $200 million credit in the December 2009 quarter, including:

Delta recorded special items totaling $1 billion in charges in the December 2008 quarter, including:

March 2010 Quarter Guidance

Delta's projections for the March 2010 quarter are below.

Other Matters

Included with this press release are Delta's unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2009 and 2008; a statistical summary for those periods; selected balance sheet data as of Dec. 31, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2008; and a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines, the world's No. 1 airline, serves more than 160 million passengers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 368 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of nearly 800 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France KLM. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at


(1) Note A to the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

(2) Delta's financial results under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) include the results of Northwest Airlines for the periods following the completion of the merger, which occurred on Oct. 29, 2008. Unless otherwise indicated, Delta presents financial results on a GAAP basis, which reflects both Delta and Northwest financial results for the December 2009 quarter. Under GAAP, Delta does not include in its financial results the results of Northwest prior to the completion of the merger. This impacts the comparability of Delta's financial statements under GAAP for the December 2009 and 2008 quarters. In this press release, Delta presents its financial results for the December 2008 quarter under GAAP as well as on a "combined basis". "Combined basis" means the company combines the financial results of Delta and Northwest as if the merger had occurred prior to the beginning of the applicable period. Delta's financial results on a combined basis for the December 2008 quarter include the financial results of Northwest for the period Oct. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2008. Delta believes presenting this financial information on a combined basis provides a more meaningful basis for comparing Delta's year-over-year financial performance than the GAAP financial information.

(3) Delta excludes from consolidated unit cost ancillary businesses which are not related to the generation of a seat mile, including aircraft maintenance and staffing services which Delta provides to third parties, Delta's dedicated freighter operations and Delta's vacation wholesale operations (MLT). Similarly, Delta excludes from passenger unit revenues, and includes in other revenue, revenues Delta received for providing aircraft maintenance and staffing services to third parties, freighter operations and MLT. Management believes these classifications provide a more consistent and comparable reflection of Delta's consolidated operations.

We Recommend