Delta Intensifies On-time Focus with Fall Schedule

September changes build on success of innovative schedule redesign implemented in January

Efforts to date make Delta number one on-time airline at Atlanta

ATLANTA, July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — When Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) implements its fall schedule in September, customers will benefit from even better operational reliability at the airline’s Atlanta hub. The schedule builds on progress made in January when Delta implemented the largest single-day schedule redesign in aviation history to improve on-time performance, reduce airport congestion and enhance customers’ travel experience at the world’s busiest airport.

“The implementation of Delta’s fall schedule represents the continued momentum of our transformation to be a highly efficient and customer-focused airline,” said Jim Whitehurst, Chief Operating Officer. “The ongoing changes at our Atlanta hub further support the objectives of our innovative Jan. 31 schedule redesign to improve on-time reliability, reduce airport congestion and create a better airport experience for our customers. We are extremely pleased with our results to date and are achieving additional efficiencies that will improve our customers’ travel experience to, from and through our hometown of Atlanta.”

Beginning Sept. 1, Delta will put into action changes designed to build on the efficiency gains achieved so far this year at Atlanta. The changes include:

– Reducing to 45 minutes the minimum time narrow-body aircraft spend on
the ground between flights — achieving a 10-minute reduction year over
– Making better use of aircraft by freeing the equivalent of eight
additional aircraft from the schedule — bringing to 39 the equivalent
number of Delta and Delta Connection aircraft freed this year for
schedule growth and fleet simplification; and
– Adjusting flights in off-peak periods to better match capacity to
demand in the fall when air travel traditionally slows.

Delta’s fall schedule expands efforts made since January to improve the airline’s overall on-time performance and reduce customer wait times at Atlanta. Thus far, Delta has reduced average taxi-out times in Atlanta by 4.5 minutes year over year and has improved its overall on-time performance at the Atlanta hub by six percent — positioning Delta as the number one on-time airline at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for 2005.

To date, Delta estimates that it has achieved only a portion of the operational benefits that can be gained through increased efficiency in scheduling. As Delta progresses with its transformation, the airline will make additional schedule changes in 2006 and beyond that will support more flying while alleviating congestion and improving on-time performance.

Delta Air Lines is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 488 destinations in 87 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

For Great Prices on Airline Tickets Shop Around First. Click Here:

Related Articles