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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:17 AM   #821
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Delta Air Lines considers big plane order to replace up to 200 jets beginning in 2013
14 January 2011
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Delta Air Lines Inc. is considering an order for as many as 200 jets -- possibly with options for 200 more -- to replace the aging fleet it uses for domestic flying.

Delta said it asked "several major aircraft manufacturers" for proposals for firm orders for 100 to 200 planes, with options for 200 more, with deliveries to begin in early 2013. No decisions about an order have been made yet, said Nat Pieper, Delta's vice president for fleet strategy and transactions. The request went to manufacturers in late December.

The new planes would replace Delta workhorses such as the DC-9-50s and Airbus A320s that it got when it bought Northwest Airlines in 2008, as well as Boeing 757-200s, which both airlines have operated.

CEO Richard Anderson said in a message to employees that Delta pilots will fly the new planes, not feeder carriers. Delta has shifted flying away from feeder carriers, and has gotten rid of more than 70 of its 50-seat regional jets and 25 Saab 340 turboprops. A jet order will give Delta the size of planes it needs "to be able to replace retiring airplanes and have modest growth when the economy and fuel prices support it," Anderson said.

He said Delta is looking for small, medium, and large planes in the "narrowbody" category, meaning planes with a single aisle for passengers.

Boeing Co. and Airbus, a unit of EADS, are the main manufacturers who could meet such an order, although Chinese and Brazilian manufacturers also plan new planes of the size Delta is looking for.

Earlier this week Airbus said an Indian airline made the biggest commercial jet order ever, for 180 of its A320s. A Delta order would have the potential to eclipse that, although Delta could also break the order up among multiple manufacturers. In December 2009, United Airlines said it would order 50 new planes, split between Boeing and Airbus.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #822
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Delta Air Lines reports $19M 4Q profit, smaller than Wall Street expected; shares fall
18 January 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. reported a fourth-quarter profit of $19 million on Tuesday. The results would have better except for the impact of the snow storms that battered the East Coast late in December.

Analysts had expected a bigger profit, and Delta shares fell 58 cents, or 4.6 percent, to $12.17 in morning trading. Shares of other airlines were lower as well.

Delta earned 2 cents per share for the fourth quarter. Not counting special items it would have earned 19 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected 27 cents per share. A year earlier it lost $25 million, or 3 cents per share. Delta said many analysts didn't include the impact of the late-December storms.

Earlier this month, Delta said the snow storms would cut its fourth-quarter profit by $45 million after it canceled some 4,000 flights.

Revenue rose 14 percent to $7.79 billion, more than analysts expected.

During 2010, airlines including Delta, benefited as passengers -- especially business travelers -- returned to flying as the economy improved. Delta's revenue for each passenger flown one mile rose 8 percent during the fourth quarter. Delta's operating costs for each seat flown one mile rose by 2 percent. They would have fallen 2 percent if not for fuel and special items. Its fuel bill alone rose 13 percent to $1.93 billion for the quarter.

Delta said its capacity -- the number of seats times the number of miles flown -- would rise 5 percent to 7 percent during the first quarter, including flights on feeder carriers. Much of that will be on international routes. A spokeswoman said the increase was consistent with previously announced plans to increase capacity by 1 percent to 3 percent for all of 2011. Delta will be keeping an eye on fuel prices and could change its 2011 capacity plans if needed, CEO Richard Anderson said on a conference call.

Investors have been nervous that airlines will make more seats available than traveler demand can support. The thinking is that passengers will pay more if seats are in short supply.

Rising fuel costs are shaping up as the big issue for airlines in 2011. Delta's fuel bill could rise by $1 billion this year if the price stays where it is, Chief Financial Officer Hank Halter wrote in a memo to Delta workers on Tuesday. Recent fare increases plus revenue growth from add-on fees and services will help cover higher fuel bills, he wrote.

Atlanta-based Delta said it has hedged 49 percent of its first-quarter fuel consumption. For the fourth quarter, it hedged 58 percent, for an average fuel price of $2.47 per gallon. That was about 30 cents per gallon higher than the same period a year earlier.

For the full year, Delta earned $593 million, or 70 cents per share. That compared with a 2009 loss of $1.24 billion, or $1.50 per share. Revenue for the year rose 13 percent to $31.76 billion.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 07:43 PM   #823
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Delta Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Year as Atlanta's Hometown Airline
Celebration includes christening of DeltaBoeing 777 as the "Spirit of Atlanta"

21 January 2011

ATLANTA, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When Lynda Lloyd boarded her first Delta Air Lines flight in Atlanta as a flight attendant in 1964, the airline had recently become the first commercial carrier to fly across the country in less than three hours and had just launched the industry's most sophisticated electronic reservations system, all under the watchful eye of company founder and then-chief executive C.E. Woolman.

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Today, Lloyd, Delta's most senior employee who lives and works in Atlanta, will join hundreds of her fellow Atlanta-based employees as well as elected, community and business leaders from across Georgia to mark the airline's 70th anniversary as Atlanta's hometown airline.

A DeltaBoeing 777-200LR aircraft used to connect Atlanta nonstop to cities such as Tokyo, Dubai, Johannesburg and Tel Aviv, will be christened as the "Spirit of Atlanta" during a celebration at Delta's massive Technical Operations Center, adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and in the shadow of the $1.4 billion Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal currently under construction.

Delta (NYSE: DAL), today among the largest airlines in the world, was a small carrier focused on the Southeast when it moved its headquarters from Monroe, La., to Atlanta in 1941. In the decades that followed, Delta built the world's largest connecting hub in Atlanta, and for more than two decades has remained Georgia's largest private employer and a major economic force in the region.

With 25,000 employees based in Atlanta, Delta is estimated to pump more than $25 billion into the local economy, and is a major contributor to key community organizations, including the Grady Health Foundation, the Woodruff Arts Center, AID Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, CARE, the Carter Center and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

"Delta Air Lines and Atlanta have a unique partnership that has been inextricably linked to the success and prosperity of our city and our airport for nearly three quarters of a century," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "The strong relationships among companies such as Delta, state and local elected officials and civic organizations are what make Atlanta not only a global, dynamic city, but a great place to live and do business. Congratulations to Delta Air Lines, Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson and all employees on the company's 70th anniversary as Atlanta's hometown airline."

"Delta is truly an economic force for Georgia," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. "It is our biggest employer and its presence here plays a key role in helping us attract new investment and jobs. I look forward to partnering with Delta as it sets out on the next 70 years."

"The success of Delta and the city of Atlanta have been intertwined for seven decades, and it's hard to argue with the results," said Richard Anderson, Delta's chief executive. "Atlanta has grown into a major international city while Delta built the world's largest hub at the city's airport. Central to this success has been the historic partnership between Delta, the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and our thousands of Atlanta-based employees and customers."

Recognizing one of Atlanta's longest and most successful business partnerships, the "Spirit of Atlanta" will be christened at the celebration with a bottle of Coke. Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive of the Coca-Cola Company, will be honored and make remarks at the celebration.

In addition, Lloyd will be honored as the Delta employee who has lived and worked in Atlanta the longest. The airline also will recognize its most frequent Atlanta flyer, Ed Robinette, who has flown nearly 7 million miles on Delta over the past 30 years, and Cheryll Davis, Delta's most active Atlanta-based community volunteer, who has dedicated thousands of hours during her 20-year Delta career to the airline's preferred local charities.

"As a longtime Atlanta resident it's been so exciting to be part of this airline, which is such a positive force for the community," Lloyd said. "It was the very best decision of my life, to come to Atlanta, remain here, and be a Delta Flight Attendant. I am still enjoying the very best job in the world. It always makes me proud when I tell people I work for Delta."

"Two years ago, I moved my business to Atlanta because of the great flights and service offered by Delta, and I'm not the only one, we have so many businesses based in Atlanta solely because of Delta," said Robinette, who has been a member of the Delta SkyMiles frequent flier program since its inception in 1981. "I've flown 7 million miles on Delta, and I can honestly say I don't remember a single bad experience."

"Delta has always encouraged its employees to become involved in our communities, and service is a big part of being a member of the Delta family," said Davis. "As an Atlanta resident, it's great that Delta is so supportive of our community, and it's one of the benefits of being Delta's hometown."

"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Delta on its 70th anniversary as Atlanta's hometown airline," said U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. "Delta Air Lines has come a long way since its beginnings in Monroe, La., to the international commercial airline it is today. For seven decades, Delta has thrived, employing thousands of Georgians and becoming an integral part of our communities. Delta has established itself as an economic engine not only for Georgia, but for the entire Southeast. I am grateful that such a company calls Atlanta its home."

"As Georgians, we are all proud to be recognizing Delta's 70th anniversary as our hometown airline," said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. "Over the past seven decades, Delta has become an integral part of the community, bringing jobs, businesses and great opportunities to the state of Georgia by connecting us to cities across the country and the world."
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 06:00 PM   #824
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Old January 26th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #827
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United Continental reports 4Q loss of $325 million on merger costs; but an adjusted profit
26 January 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - United Continental Holdings Inc. said it lost $325 million in the fourth quarter because of expenses from combining United and Continental airlines.

Excluding those costs, the world's biggest airline earned $160 million, or 44 cents per share, topping the expectations of Wall Street analysts, as passengers paid more to fly. Revenue for each seat flown one mile rose 11.5 percent.

Company-wide, revenue rose 15 percent to $8.4 billion.

Increased fares and traffic have helped the airline industry report improved fourth-quarter results. But rising fuel costs are a concern. United Continental paid $2.45 billion for fuel in the last three months of 2010, up 22 percent from a year ago.

United Continental expenses rose more than 10 percent for the quarter. Not counting fuel and other special items, expenses would have risen 1 percent, the company said.

United and Continental closed their merger on Oct. 1, and are now working to combine the two airlines into one. More than 200 planes have been repainted with United's name and Continental's globe logo on the tail. The Chicago-based company has also begun to integrate some computer systems. It had $482 million in merger expenses for the quarter.

The company ended the year with $8.7 billion in cash. It said it also paid down $148 million in debt earlier this month.

United Continental earned $854 million for the full year if results from both companies are included. On that basis, revenue rose almost 19 percent to $34 billion.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 05:03 PM   #828
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Delta Air Lines adding Pittsburgh flights to, from Dallas for fans attending Super Bowl XLV
25 January 2011

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - Delta Air Lines is adding nonstop flights between Pittsburgh International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for fans who want to attend Super Bowl XLV.

Delta announced the new flights on Monday, just hours after the Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the New York Jets 24-19 for the AFC Championship Sunday night.

Delta offers 30 nonstop flights daily from Pittsburgh to hubs including Atlanta, Detroit, and New York's JFK airport, but doesn't normally offer service to Dallas, site of the Feb. 6 Super Bowl.

Delta will offer one flight each to Dallas on Feb. 4 and 5 and a single nonstop return flight to Pittsburgh on the morning of Monday, Feb. 7, aboard a Boeing 757.

The airline did not immediately release pricing or information about capacity.
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Delta Airlines unveiled the first of four renovated Sky Club lounges in Minneapolis-St Paul airport, part of the carrier's US$2 billion plans to enhance services on the ground as well as in the air.

The refurbished premier space at Minneapolis St Paul airport is located near the entrance of the F/G concourse and offers complimentary food and beverage, a workzone including free wifi internet access, desktop computers and printers and flight assistance. The other three lounges will open later this month at Atlanta International Airport, New York La Guardia airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

Atlanta's is found near gate B-10 on the B concourse. The nearly completed lounge at New York La Guardia is close to the exit of the security area while the second phase is scheduled for completion during the summer. The Philadelphia airport's lounge is located adjacent to the security exit in Terminal D.

This year, Delta plans to build another new Sky Club in Concourse D of Atlanta International Airport as well as complete the refurbishment of the club near Gate A-17. The carrier also plans to bring an additional Sky Club to Seattle.

Another arm of Delta’s enhancement plans include the introduction of fully flat seats in the BusinessElite cabin on transpacific routes (see story here).

Business Traveller is expecting photos of the refreshed facilities and will post them as soon as they are supplied .

For more information, visit www.delta.com/skyclub
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Delta suspends service to Cairo amid Egypt unrest

ATLANTA, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc has suspended service to Cairo indefinitely as a result of the civil unrest in Egypt, the U.S. carrier said on its Twitter site on Friday. A company representative confirmed the move.

The carrier added its last flight will leave Cairo on Jan. 29 and the resumption of service was to be determined.

The State Department has advised U.S. citizens to postpone nonessential travel to Egypt amid widespread protests demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
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US Regional Airline Operator Firms Mitsubishi Jet Order
3 February 2011
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Trans States Holdings, a U.S. regional airline operator, plans to introduce the new Mitsubishi jet in 2014, a move that could shake up the domestic sector as industry executives seek more flexible labor agreements.

The St Louis-based group flies under contract for four of the largest U.S. network carriers and has firmed up an order for 100 of the yet-to-fly aircraft that it placed in October 2009. Mitsubishi Aircraft, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.TO) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TM, 7203.TO), announced the move in a statement Wednesday.

Trans States didn't issue separate comment. It flies on behalf of units of United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL), Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), AMR Corp. (AMR) and US Airways Group Inc. (LCC).

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has two versions -- with 78 and 92 seats -- that are larger than most of the existing regional jets made by Bombardier Inc. (BDRBF, BBD.B.T) and Embraer (ERJ) that are used on short U.S. domestic routes.

Crucially, the plane uses PW1000G engines made by the Pratt & Whitney unit of United Technologies (UTX) that claim a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency over rival models. The engine is also being used in the new Bombardier CSeries and the revamped Airbus A320NEO.

Trans States runs three subsidiaries -- Trans States Airlines, GoJet and Compass, which it acquired last year from Delta. The company said it has yet to decide which will use the MRJ. It has 50 firm orders plus 50 options, and will source engine maintenance to Pratt & Whitney.

The engine maker is, alongside Mitsubishi Aircraft, to provide some financing support for the plane as Trans States is the only customer announced so far alongside Japan's All Nippon Airways.

The terms will be closely monitored as a new framework for government support of aircraft programs is being developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This would create a level playing field between support for regional jets and larger commercial planes.

The MRJ has been redesigned to boost its international appeal, leading to a six-month slip in its schedule. Mitsubishi started manufacturing last year, with first flight scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, with initial deliveries in early 2014. U.S. network airlines have outsourced large parts of their domestic networks to an array of regional airlines over the past 20 years in a bid to cut costs, although the amount is capped by "scope" clauses in their pilots' collective bargaining agreements. Scope clauses are provisions in the pilot labor contracts that limit the number and/or seating capacity of regional jets that can be operated by an airline.

Pilots at United and Continental last year launched a high profile effort to end outsourcing of flying to regional partners following their merger. The ongoing talks are being closely watched as dozens of 5-seat Embraer aircraft at its Continental unit start coming off lease next year. Rising fuel costs have made 50-seat jets less economical, while the emergence of new aircraft such as the MRJ in the 70- to 130-seat range have made airlines look to loosen the restrictions of existing scope clauses.

"The new MRJs will give us an edge in the industry, and create unique opportunities for our company," said Trans States President Richard Leach in the Mitsubishi statement.

The company said it would start discussions with U.S. airline customers in the coming months about how it could use the plane.
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Delta maintenance unit signs 5-year deal to maintain some planes for Brazil's Gol
5 February 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. said its maintenance unit has received a five-year deal to maintain at least half of the 737 fleet of Brazil's Gol airlines.

Delta said its Tech Ops unit will maintain and service engines, and also provide consulting services for Gol maintenance. It will also help Gol get its own repair station certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Gol will do some maintenance work on Delta planes that have extended time on the ground in Brazil, the company said.

The five-year contract includes an option for an additional five years. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Delta said its Tech Ops unit has 150 customers and generates $500 million in annual revenue.
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