Delta Air Lines has reported a net loss (excluding special items) for the September 2008 quarter of $26 million, despite a more than $800 million year-over-year increase in fuel costs related to higher prices. The airline said Delta and Northwest remain on track to close their merger during the fourth quarter of this year. As of September 30, Delta had $3.1 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.
“As the industry deals with turbulent times in the financial markets and an uncertain demand environment, Delta holds a strong hand that will allow us to manage through the current crisis – strong revenue growth, best-in-class cost structure and a solid liquidity position," said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. "In addition, our game-changing merger with Northwest significantly improves our ability to deal with the economic problems facing the industry and clearly differentiates Delta from its peers by creating a premier global carrier with a more durable financial future. Throughout these challenging times, the persistence and dedication of Delta people never wavers. We are committed to building a world class global airline that provides our customers with safe, reliable operations and exceptional customer service.”