Delta Connection Expands Jet Service

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 31, 2002—Delta Connection will launch its largest wave of new service from a single city Friday with 20 daily non-stop regional jet flights at Washington Reagan National Airport. The new Washington service adds flights to Delta Connection’s New York (JFK), Atlanta and Cincinnati schedule, and offers eight new non-stop markets: Charleston, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Huntsville, Ala.; and the Florida cities of Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and Comair are operating the service with Bombardier CRJ regional jets. The increased service includes three additional round-trip flights between Reagan National and Atlanta, one additional round-trip flight between Reagan National and Cincinnati, and one additional round-trip flight between Reagan National and JFK.

“This expanded Delta Connection service at Reagan National enhances travel opportunities for many more customers from many more communities,” said Fred Buttrell, president and chief executive officer of Delta Connection, Inc. “Customers traveling to or from Washington have a convenient choice of 70 non-stop Delta, Delta Shuttle and Delta Connection flights to 14 U.S. cities.”

The CRJ carries passengers in a two-by-two seating arrangement; every seat is an aisle or window, with no middle seats. The plane can cruise at a speed of 530 mph at altitudes as high as 41,000 feet and is recognized as the quietest commercial jet aircraft in the world.

Delta Connection includes Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE:DAL) wholly owned subsidiaries Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair, additional regional carriers Atlantic Coast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, and codeshare partner American Eagle (in California). Delta Connection carriers operate more than 270 regional jets throughout North America. For more information, please visit