Revenue rose 5% from a year ago to $12.56 billion, slightly below analysts forecasts. Net income rose more than 21% to $1.5 billion. Sales from its premium cabins, like first class, rose 9%.
Per-share earnings on an adjusted basis came in at $2.32, compared with analysts estimates of $2.26 a share.
Delta doesnt fly the Boeing 737 Max, the troubled plane that has been grounded since March after the second of two fatal crashes. Competitors like American and Southwest that have the 737 Max in their fleets canceled thousands of flights in the quarter without access to the planes and Delta picked up some additional passengers in the quarter.
"Clearly, not having the Max helped us," CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC in an interview, adding: "I dont think it was the main driver" of the results.
Delta expects per-share earnings of between $1.20 and $1.50 in the fourth quarter.
Shares were down about 1% in premarket trading.
The airlines executives will hold a call to discuss the results at 10 a.m. ET.
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