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Delta's July Traffic Data Strong on Solid Air Travel Demand

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Delta Air Lines DAL reported impressive traffic figures for July. Consolidated traffic, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), increased 5.2% to 23.77 billion on strong demand for air travel.

Consolidated capacity (or available seat miles/ASMs) also climbed 3.5% to 26.41 billion on a year-over-year basis. With traffic growth outpacing capacity expansion, load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) expanded140 basis points to 90%.

Additionally, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company recorded an on-time performance (mainline) of 80.9% and a completion factor (mainline) of 99.7%. Notably, Delta’s passenger count rose 6.3% to 19.4 million in the month. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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On a year-to-date basis, Delta registered RPMs of 138.57 billion (up 5.5%) and ASMs of 160.59 billion (up 4.6%). As a result, load factor improved 80 bps to 86.3%.

With the earnings season ongoing, let’s shed some light on the carrier’s second-quarter earnings report announced last month. The company’s earnings (excluding 14 cents from non-recurring items) of $2.35 per share outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.29 and also surged 32.8% on a year-over-year basis. Higher revenues aided the quarterly results.

Operating revenues totaled $12,536 million, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $12,499 million. Moreover, it compared favorably with the year-ago number. (Read more: Delta Stock Up on Q2 Earnings Beat, Upbeat View)

Other key airline players, namely United Airlines UAL, Alaska Air Group ALK and Spirit Airlines SAVE also reported better-than-expected earnings and revenues for second-quarter 2019.

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