ASA Pleased with Delta Connection Ambitions

  Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) President W.E. “Skip” Barnette today
commented on the decision of Delta Connection Inc., to award flying for 25
new regional jet aircraft to ASA beginning in 2005.
“ASA is pleased with Delta Connection’s decision to award growth flying to
our company,” Barnette said. “This announcement recognizes ASA’s
competitive cost structure and the continuous improvements we are making
in customer service quality and operational excellence. Today, ASA people
continue to work toward the goal of consistently delivering excellent
service and are posting levels of operational excellence never before seen
in ASA’s history. We will remain diligent in our efforts to maintain
competitive costs and to offer Delta customers the levels of service they
expect. ASA people are excited for this opportunity and for the hundreds
of new positions this growth will bring to our company by 2006.”

ASA will convert to firm orders 25 of its 85 CRJ200 aircraft currently on
option with Bombardier Aerospace of Canada for deliveries beginning in
early 2005. With the additional aircraft, ASA will operate a total of 148
40-, 50- and 70-seat Bombardier CRJs.

ASA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines , operates nearly 800
flights each day to 101 airports in 30 states, the Bahamas, Canada and
Mexico. Founded in 1979, ASA has operated as a Delta Connection carrier
since 1984 and carried more than 9 million passengers during 2003. The
airline operates a fleet of 129 aircraft and employs more than 5,500
aviation professionals across its route system, including nearly 3,000
Georgia-based employees. For more information, visit or .