Delta Reports Operating Performance for November 2018

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported operating performance for November 2018. The company carried 15.5 million customers across its broad global network, a record for the month of November.    

For the December quarter, Delta expects to generate earnings per share at the high-end of the company’s $1.10 – $1.30 guidance range. The company expects approximately 7.5% top-line growth (excluding third party refinery sales) on an approximately 3.5% year over year increase in unit revenue.  When combined with the benefits from the recent moderation in fuel prices and solid non-fuel cost control, the company is on track to expand pre-tax margins in the December quarter.

Monthly highlights include:

  • Ranking as the No. 1 U.S. airline by the corporate travel community in the Business Travel News Airline Survey for a historic eighth consecutive year, sweeping all 10 categories
  • Increasing A330-900neo order book to 35 from 25 and deferring 10 A350-900 orders, addressing Delta’s near-to-medium-term widebody needs and reinforcing our commitment to fuel and economic efficiency while remaining capital disciplined
  • Carrying over 2.4 million customers on nearly 23,000 flights with a completion factor of 99.77 percent during the Thanksgiving holiday period; Sunday marked the busiest day of the period, flying 658,000 people, an all-time record for the month of November
  • Unveiling the first biometric terminal in United States at the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal (Terminal F) in Atlanta, allowing customers to use facial recognition technology from curb to gate and empowering employees to have more time for meaningful interactions with customers

Monthly Traffic Results

Year to Date Traffic Results

Nov 2018

Nov 2017

Change

Nov 2018

Nov 2017

Change

RPMs (000):

Domestic

11,303,244

10,813,779

4.5%

130,177,260

124,289,865

4.7%

International

5,531,382

5,341,300

3.6%

77,438,119

76,694,693

1.0%

Latin America

1,343,672

1,316,183

2.1%

18,282,122

18,696,635

(2.2%)

Atlantic

2,614,706

2,455,910

6.5%

40,468,644

38,932,884

3.9%

Pacific

1,573,003

1,569,207

0.2%

18,687,353

19,065,174

(2.0%)

Total System

16,834,626

16,155,079

4.2%

207,615,379

200,984,558

3.3%

ASMs (000):

Domestic

12,993,730

12,520,601

3.8%

152,088,248

144,769,338

5.1%

International

6,625,959

6,386,625

3.7%

90,337,799

89,688,048

0.7%

Latin America

1,592,019

1,534,305

3.8%

21,313,465

21,507,575

(0.9%)

Atlantic

3,149,327

3,039,295

3.6%

47,349,620

46,124,662

2.7%

Pacific

1,884,613

1,813,025

3.9%

21,674,714

22,055,811

(1.7%)

Total System

19,619,689

18,907,226

3.8%

242,426,047

234,457,386

3.4%

Load Factor:

Domestic

87.0%

86.4%

0.6 Pts

85.6%

85.9%

 (0.3) Pts

International

83.5%

83.6%

 (0.1) Pts

85.7%

85.5%

0.2 Pts

Latin America

84.4%

85.8%

 (1.4) Pts

85.8%

86.9%

 (1.1) Pts

Atlantic

83.0%

80.8%

2.2 Pts

85.5%

84.4%

1.1 Pts

Pacific

83.5%

86.6%

(3.1) Pts

86.2%

86.4%

 (0.2) Pts

Total System

85.8%

85.4%

0.4 Pts

85.6%

85.7%

 (0.1) Pts

Mainline Completion Factor

99.87

100.00

 (0.13) Pts

Mainline On-time Performance

83.2

93.7

 (10.5) Pts

          (preliminary DOT A14)

Passengers Boarded

15,471,757

14,886,470

3.9%

177,202,395

172,009,730

3.0%

Cargo Ton Miles (000):

165,312

170,103

(2.8%)

2,007,207

1,973,356

1.7%