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Delta Introduces Only Non-Stop Service between Raleigh/Durham, Los Angeles


New route connects important East Coast-West Coast business destinations

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan 25, 2006 – This summer Delta Air Lines’ customers in central North Carolina will be able to jet nonstop to the West Coast to take care of business or to take in the sun and surf of Southern California. Effective June 8, Delta will begin the only non-stop service between Raleigh/Durham International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, with one roundtrip flight operated with the 150-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“In 2006 Delta is continuing to aggressively transform its network, especially expanding into new or underserved routes where our customers want to visit or do business,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s vice president of Network Planning. “Connecting one of the strongest economic centers in North Carolina – the state’s capital of Raleigh and its surrounding communities -- and one of the world’s largest business, financial and tourist destinations of Los Angeles and Southern California is a natural opportunity to better serve our customers on both coasts.”

Delta’s new non-stop service* between Raleigh/Durham and Los Angeles, effective June 8, 2006.

Flight | Departs | Arrives
301 | Raleigh/Durham at 6:55 p.m. | Los Angeles at 9:25 p.m.
302 | Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. | Raleigh/Durham at 6 a.m. (the following day)

*Flight does not operate on Saturdays

Raleigh/Durham and the nearby Research Triangle Park (RTP) together are a major business destination for customers from around the globe. The RTP is home to more than 100 research and development-related facilities, including such firms as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Sony Ericsson. In addition to new service from Los Angeles, Delta serves Raleigh/Durham from its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City, as well as from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York (John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia), Orlando and Tampa. Throughout North Carolina, Delta offers customers more than 90 average daily flights to seven destinations: Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Kinston, Raleigh/Durham and Wilmington.

Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried, offering daily flights to 503 destinations in 94 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. In summer 2006, Delta plans to offer customers more departures between the U.S. and transatlantic destinations than any global airline, including service on 11 new transatlantic routes from its Atlanta and New York-JFK hubs. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with more than 35 routes announced, added or applied to serve since Jan. 1, 2005. Delta’s marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at


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