Delta Air Lines announces September quarter 2019 profit

On 10 October, Delta Air Lines reported financial results for the September quarter of 2019. “Our powerful brand and competitive strengths drove another quarter of great results for our people, customers and owners. Our people bring our brand to life on every flight and I’m pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts with over $1 billion in profit sharing accrued so far this year,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Demand for the Delta product remains healthy, positioning the company for a strong close to 2019 with expectations for more than 20% earnings growth, over $4 billion in free cash flow and a 5th year of pre-tax earnings over $5 billion.”

Bastian also provided an outlook for the December quarter of 2019, where Delta expects to deliver solid top-line growth and operating margin expansion.  Year-over-year pre-tax margin is impacted by the one-time $91 million gain from the sale of the DAL Global Services business in the December 2018 quarter.