Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL reported traffic figures for February 2019. Consolidated traffic, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), came in at 15.11 billion, up 2.9% year over year.
Consolidated capacity (or available seat miles/ASMs) climbed 3.4% to 18.65 billion on a year-over-year basis. Consolidated load factor or percentage of seats filled by passengers contracted 40 basis points (bps) to 81.1% due to capacity expansion exceeding traffic growth.
Additionally, the carrier recorded an on-time performance (mainline) of 81.6% and a completion factor (mainline) of 99.9%. Approximately, 13.32 million passengers boarded Delta in the month.
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In the first two months of 2019, the company generated consolidated RPMs of 31.68 billion (up 4.4% year over year) and ASMs of 39.43 billion (up 4.7% year over year). Load factor in the period was 80.3% compared with 80.6% at the end of the same time frame a year ago.
Delta’s employee-friendly measures are encouraging. In February, the carrier paid $1.3 billion to its employees through profit sharing. This marks the company’s second largest profit-sharing pool. Last year too, the carrier shelled out $1.3 billion to its employees through profit-sharing.
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