missed expectations but said it expects to produce unit revenue improvements during every month of 2010.
Excluding items, the carrier lost $225 million, or 27 cents a share, in the fourth quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had estimated a loss of 24 cents a share. Revenue rose 1% to $6.8 billion; analysts had estimated $6.9 billion.
The net loss was $25 million, or 3 cents a share.
"Delta is now positioned to capitalize on the economic recovery under way and expects to generate positive RASM improvements each month of the year," said CEO Richard Anderson, in a prepared statement.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.