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3-Apr-2013 2:48 PM

Delta Air Lines pax down 1%, load factor up in Mar-2013; PRASM up 2%

Delta Air Lines passenger numbers down 1% - traffic highlights:

  • Mar-2013:
    • Passenger numbers: 14.4 million, -0.7% year-on-year;
    • Revenue passenger miles: +0.1%;
    • Passenger load factor: 84.7%, +0.6 ppt;
      • Domestic: 84.9%, -1.4 ppt;
      • International: 84.5%, +3.7 ppts;
        • Latin America: 83.7%, +5.7 ppts;
        • Trans-Atlantic: 84.6%, +3.2 ppts;
        • Asia Pacific: 84.9%, +2.7 ppts;
    • Consolidated PRASM: +2.0%;
  • Three months ended 31-Mar-2013:
    • Passenger numbers: 37.2 million, -0.9%;
    • Revenue passenger miles: -0.6%;
      • Domestic: -1.0%;
      • International: -0.1%;
        • Latin America: +8.2%;
        • Trans-Atlantic: -6.8%;
        • Asia Pacific: +3.5%;
    • Passenger load factor: 81.2%, +1.5 ppt;
      • Domestic: 81.4%, +0.1 ppt;
      • International: 81.0%, +3.6 ppts;
        • Latin America: 82.6%, +4.7 ppts;
        • Trans-Atlantic: 77.6%, +3.0 ppts;
        • Asia Pacific: 84.4%, +3.3 ppts. [more – original PR]

Delta: “Unit revenues for the month of March increased 2.0% year over year, led by gains in the trans-Atlantic and Latin entities, which were partially offset in the Pacific by the impact of a weakening yen. The reduction from previous guidance is due to lower close-in bookings driven by the sequester, lower than expected demand as a result of our attempt to drive higher yields, and temporary inefficiencies during implementation of new revenue management technology.” Source: Company statement, 02-Apr-2013.

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