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Company Watch - Delta Air Lines.

Oct 1, 2007

Investors used Monday's sell-off in airline shares as a buying opportunity on Tuesday, as oil prices dropped sharply and Delta Air Lines got approval for a route between the U.S. and China. Sep 26, 2007

Delta Air Lines' customers can now book convenient nonstop flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Shanghai, China, for service beginning March 30, 2008. Sep 28, 2007

Delta Air Lines will launch nonstop service between the world's largest passenger hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Stockholm's Arlanda International Airport in Sweden, beginning June 3, 2008. Sep 24, 2007

Jet engine fire grounds Delta Air Lines flight in Indianapolis; no one hurt. An airliner headed from Indianapolis to Atlanta on Thursday Sept. 27 afternoon never got off the ground when an engine caught fire, according to Indianapolis International Airport officials. The McDonnell-Douglas MD-88 airplane stopped on a runway and the fire was put out by airport firefighters, said Susan Sullivan, spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Delta Flight 1253, with 132 passengers and a crew of five, was scheduled to leave Indianapolis for Hartsfield Jackson International airport at 3:02 p.m. Sept. 27, said Susan Elliott of Delta Air Lines corporate communications. The jet was ready to make a departure from Indianapolis when the pilots thought they had a blown tire, the takeoff was aborted and airport firefighters were called, and found the fire in the left engine of the two-engine airliner. No injuries were reported., a bus was sent to the airplane to pick up passengers and return them to the terminal where they were rebooked on other flights. Sep 28, 2007

Delta Air Lines is voluntarily cutting back flights during JFK airport's busiest hours, intending to reduce congestion and averting a government order to do so. "What we don't need is a (government) regulation that would reduce the flow" of air traffic into and out of New York, said a Delta executive. Sep 28, 2007

Delta Air Lines yesterday rolled out an ambitious international expansion program for New York JFK that will include nine destinations not served by any other carrier operating at the airport. DL's new JFK schedule, which includes 14 new international destinations, will be launched next summer. "We are bringing service to new and unique locations around the world," CEO Richard Anderson said. "This is profitable and sustainable flying. It's an expansion strategy that works for Delta." Sep 27, 2007

Delta Air Lines[sup.1] expanded service will be operated with a mix of Boeing 737-800s, 757-200s and 767-300ERs. The 737s will serve Latin America while the 757s and 767s will operate transatlantic service. Delta said it is reconfiguring its schedule to limit the number of departures during peak hours at JFK and will shift some transatlantic flights to after 7 p.m. All Delta turboprop flights will be eliminated from JFK. Sep 27, 2007

Delta Air Lines CEO Anderson said the company was prepared to make an "appropriate investment" to upgrade its terminals at New York JFK airport. The new routes include out-of-the-way destinations such as Lagos, Amman, Dakar, Panama City, Guatemala City and Liberia. Delta said its strategy of picking under-served international destinations has paid off; every international route launched last year has been profitable. "This is profitable and sustainable flying," said CEO Anderson. Sep 27, 2007

Delta Air Lines is hoping its moves to reduce New York JFK congestion help avoid growth-choking restrictions at the airport, but said other airlines will also have to make changes. "This has to be a cooperative effort," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president in charge of network planning. "This is one of the pieces of the puzzle." Hauenstein said the FAA's initial response to Delta's plan was "quite positive." The airport serves the New York metropolitan area, along with Newark and LaGuardia airports. Sep 27, 2007

Delta Air Lines said on Sept. 26 that it plans to increase capacity at New York's delay-prone John F. Kennedy Airport by 20 percent next summer. Delta, which along with low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways and American Airlines dominates service at JFK, said it plans to add 14 new international routes at the airport by next summer. But in order to ease congestion, Delta plans to schedule flights earlier and later and reduce the number of small planes serving the hub. Sep 27, 2007

The Delta Air Lines New York JFK expansion and scheduling changes mean that Delta will have 6 percent fewer peak arrivals and departures next summer and no turboprop aircraft serving the airport, the carrier said. The US Federal Aviation Administration has taken the first step toward possibly limiting flights at JFK by requesting spring and summer scheduling information from major carriers. The problems at JFK, which has one of the worst records for on-time performance, came into focus over the summer amid record delays by US airlines. JFK, where Delta operates out of aging terminals, is a key part of Delta's strategy to shift planes to lucrative international markets and away from hard-fought domestic routes. Sep 27, 2007

Next summer, Delta Air Lines will introduce a redesigned schedule at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, which the carrier claims will accommodate growing customer demand and will reduce airport congestion and delays. Sep 26, 2007

New Delta Air Lines nonstop transatlantic destinations served from New York JFK will include Tel Aviv, Edinburgh, Dakar, Nairobi, Cairo, Malaga, Amman and Lagos. Delta also plans to offer service to Cape Town subject to approval by the US Dept. of Transportation. Five new Latin American routes will be added: Panama City, Guatemala City, Port of Spain, and San Jose and Liberia in Costa Rica. Sep 27, 2007

Following Sept. 25's announcement that federal officials awarded Delta Air Lines and United Airlines with the first rights to launch nonstop services between the U.S. and China, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines on Wednesday all announced, they too, had received tentative approval to fly nonstop between the U.S. and China. Sep 26, 2007

JetBlue Airways is based at JFK and Delta Air Lines operates two terminals there. In a statement, JetBlue said it supported FAA efforts aimed at "getting ahead of congestion" and encouraged the agency to immediately convene a meeting of airlines to discuss scheduling. American Airlines operates international and some domestic service at Kennedy. United Airlines has significantly reduced its presence at JFK. Sep 25, 2007

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