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Delta Solidifies Position as Leading Carrier to the Middle East with New Nonstop Service Between Atlanta and Kuwait, Increased Service to Dubai


With flight to Kuwait, Delta will serve top six Middle Eastern destinations: Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul and Tel Aviv

Delta well positioned to benefit from Middle East’s unparalleled growth

ATLANTA.– Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will continue its industry-leading expansion between the United States and the Middle East with new nonstop service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Kuwait City, Kuwait, beginning Nov. 7, 2008.

The Kuwait flight strengthens Delta’s leadership position in the region, complementing existing service from Atlanta to Dubai and Tel Aviv; from New York-JFK to Istanbul and Tel Aviv; and new service from New York-JFK to Cairo (starting June 5) and Amman (starting June 6).

Kuwait is the fourth richest country in the world and the only major destination in the Middle East not served by Delta. For a limited time, Delta will offer an introductory, one-way fare of $599* on flights between Atlanta and Kuwait. (*Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply. Round trip purchase required. See below for details.)

Additionally, based on its continued success in the Dubai market, Delta in October will increase to daily its flights between Atlanta and Dubai, Delta started service to Dubai in May 2007 with five weekly frequencies, which it recently increased to six per week.

“Traffic between the United States and the Middle East is one of the fastest growing regions in aviation,” said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president – Network and Revenue Management. “With 37 weekly frequencies, Delta now offers more service to the Middle East than all other U.S. carriers combined so, when your plans call for travel to the Middle East, Delta is ready when you are.”

Delta operates the world’s largest passenger hub in Atlanta giving travelers the most choices from Kuwait and Dubai to points in the United States and beyond into the Americas.

Passengers on Delta’s flights between Atlanta and Kuwait, Dubai and Tel Aviv travel on Boeing 777-200ER aircraft while flights between New York-JFK and Istanbul, Amman, Cairo and Tel Aviv operate on Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Customers traveling in Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite cabin enjoy all-leather sleeper seats with 60 inches of legroom, innovative food offerings designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, on-demand personal in-seat entertainment, as well as upgraded pillow, duvet cover and amenity kit. Economy class customers also enjoy all-leather economy seats, amenity kits and recently enhanced food offerings.

On flights to and from Dubai, Kuwait, Cairo and Amman Delta’s service also features Arabic-speaking flight attendants, in-flight movies with Arabic subtitles, as well as Halal meal options in BusinessElite and Middle Eastern selections in economy. Delta’s flights to and from Tel Aviv feature Hebrew-speaking flight attendants, as well as Kosher meal options.

The Middle East is a key component of Delta’s international expansion. Since 2005, Delta has added 58 new international destinations to its network. Delta is now the leading carrier across the Atlantic with 37 destinations, more than any other airline.


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