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Press Release Source: Delta Air Lines, Inc.

 

Delta Reaches Comprehensive Agreement With Boeing

Thursday December 7, 9:26 am ET

Orders will enhance Delta's international flexibility, increase choices for customers

 

ATLANTA, Dec. 7, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Air Lines announced today that it has reached agreement with The Boeing Company to convert five firm orders for Boeing 777-200ER aircraft to longer-range Boeing 777-200LR aircraft (two conversions were previously announced), to order 10 Boeing 737-700 aircraft, and to assume its existing aircraft purchase agreements with Boeing. Delta has agreed to sell, immediately upon delivery, 38 future deliveries of Boeing 737-800 aircraft - 15 to Aviation Capital Group and 23 to Babcock & Brown Aviation Finance Limited. These actions support Delta's planned international expansion, give it additional flexibility to fly new routes, and complete an important element of its restructuring. These transactions are subject to Bankruptcy Court approval.

 

``We've had a long-standing relationship with Boeing and the addition of these aircraft to Delta's existing Boeing fleet allows the company to fulfill key elements of its long-term fleet plan, which is vital to Delta's restructuring and plans to emerge from Chapter 11 in the first half of 2007 as a solid, independent carrier,'' said Mel Fauscett, managing director of Fleet Planning and Acquisition for Delta. ``These new aircraft are also an important part of Delta's transformation, enabling Delta to fly customers to more international destinations in greater comfort. We continue to evaluate the needs of our network moving forward and plan to provide more guidance on the fleet when we file our Plan of Reorganization later this month.''

 

All five of the new 777 aircraft will be delivered with fully horizontal personal sleeper suites in BusinessElite® featuring on-demand in-flight entertainment systems in every suite. Customers flying in Economy class also will enjoy more room and nine-inch personal entertainment screens in every seat back, complementing Delta's efforts to retrofit its fleet of 777s and more than 100 737-800 and 767-300 aircraft with on-demand, in-seat entertainment at every customer's seat by the end of 2008.

 

These transactions with Boeing will introduce the first 737-700 aircraft to Delta's fleet, replacing 10 future options for Boeing 737-800s with the 737-700. ``The 737-700 is a better fit for the current needs of our network, providing flexibility in our fleet to fly longer, thinner domestic routes while at the same time supporting our international expansion to Latin America and the Caribbean,'' Fauscett said.

 

The 737-700 will operate with a common cockpit type to the 71 737-800s in Delta's fleet, but will be configured with 124 seats vs. the 150-seat 737-800s to serve smaller and developing markets. The 737-700 also will be delivered to Delta with winglets to deliver additional fuel savings and efficiencies.

 

During the Chapter 11 process, Delta has achieved $400 million of a projected $450 million in fleet savings by entering into agreements for lower lease payments; retiring four older, less-efficient aircraft types; and by rejecting, returning or selling 138 aircraft (as of October 31, 2006). Should these agreements be approved by the Court, Delta's mainline fleet, order and options will be:

 

 

Delivery in Calendar Year Ending

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2007(a,c) 2008(b,c) 2009(b,c) 2010(b,c) Total

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Aircraft on Firm

order

 

B 737-800 10 7 14 19 50

 

B 737-700 -- 7 3 -- 10

 

B 777-200LR -- 2 3 -- 5

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Total 10 16 20 19 65

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(a) We have a definitive agreement, which was approved by the

Bankruptcy Court, with a third party to sell 10 B737-800 aircraft

immediately after those aircraft are delivered to us by the

manufacturer in 2007.

 

(b) We have agreements, subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court,

with two separate third parties to sell 38 B737-800 aircraft

immediately after those aircraft are delivered to us by the

manufacturer - including seven aircraft in 2008, 14 aircraft in 2009

and 17 aircraft in 2010.

 

© These agreements are included in the above table because we

continue to have a contractual obligation to purchase these aircraft

from the manufacturer.

 

Delivery in Calendar Year Ending

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After Rolling

2007 2008 2009 2010 2010 Total Options

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Aircraft on Option

 

B 737-600/700/800 -- -- -- 14 46 60 120

 

B 767-300/300ER -- 1 2 2 5 10 2

 

B 767-400ER -- 1 2 2 13 18 --

 

B 777-200ER/200LR -- 1 -- 2 8 11 13

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Total -- 3 4 20 72 99 135

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Delta Air Lines (Other OTC:DALRQ.PK - News) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 290 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America's fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 28 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 400 weekly flights to 49 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles 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. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 445 worldwide destinations in 92 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

 

The Delta logo is available at http://www.primezone.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=1825

 

 

Contact:

 

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Corporate Communications

(404) 715-2554

 

Source: Delta Air Lines, Inc.

 

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