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...

(4) Delta's December 2009 quarter average fuel price of $2.17 per gallon reflects the consolidated cost per gallon for mainline and regional operations, including contract carrier operations, net of fuel hedge impact.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements in this news 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 cost of aircraft fuel; the effects of the global recession; the effects of the global financial crisis; the impact of posting collateral in connection with our fuel hedge contracts; the impact that our indebtedness will have on our financial and operating activities and our ability to incur additional debt; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements will have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of our merger with Northwest; the integration of the Delta and Northwest workforces; interruptions or disruptions in service at one of our hub airports; our increasing dependence on technology in its operations; our ability to retain management and key employees; the ability of our credit card processors to take significant holdbacks in certain circumstances; the effects of terrorist attacks; and competitive conditions in the airline industry.

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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2009. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of January 26, 2010, and which we have no current intention to update.

Operating Expense Reclassifications

Delta reclassified certain prior period operating expense amounts to conform to our current period presentation. These reclassifications do not impact total operating expense, net income, or other key financial metrics in any period. We reclassified travel and incidental expenses, primarily crew meals and lodging expenses, from salaries and related costs to other operating expenses. This reclassification more closely aligns the statements of operations to that of the airline industry. We also reclassified expenses associated with the cost incurred to provide services to third-party connection carriers.

Note A: The following tables show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures. The reasons Delta uses these measures are described below.

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