Delta breaks new traffic ground in November

posted on 5th December 2018 by Justin Burns
Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines has in November it carried 15.5 million customers across its broad global network – a record for the month of November.

The airline also said it carried over 2.4 million customers on nearly 23,000 flights with a completion factor of 99.77 per cent during the Thanksgiving holiday period and Sunday marked the busiest day of the period, flying 658,000 people, an all-time record for the month of November.

For the December quarter, Delta said it 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 per cent top-line growth (excluding third party refinery sales) on an approximately 3.5 per cent 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 said it is on track to expand pre-tax margins in the December quarter.

Delta said it has increased Airbus A330-900neo order book to 35 from 25 and deferring 10 A350-900 orders, addressing near-to-medium-term widebody needs and reinforcing our commitment to fuel and economic efficiency while remaining capital disciplined.

Last month, Delta unveiled the first biometric terminal in the US at the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal (Terminal F) in Atlanta, allowing customers to use facial recognition technology from curb to gate.