Will Delta’s Possible New Venture Give These Top Institutional Shareholders Something to Cheer About?

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Delta Airlines Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is said to be in the running to acquire Singapore Airlines’s 49% holding in the United Kingdom’s Virgin Atlantic. They are attracted by Virgin’s prized and hard-to-acquire landing slots at busy Heathrow airport, especially since their previous attempt to acquire a stake failed due to price among other issues. Virgin’s majority holder, Richard Branson, may welcome Delta’s entry as this would give his airline better access to routes between Britain and the United States.

Will Delta Airlines Inc.’s shareholders decrease their holdings? They reported owning a total of 682.919 million shares on 09/30/2012. The shares closed at $9.16 on 09/30/2012.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Delta Air Lines Inc. at the end of September 30th, 2012.

Wellington Management Co. LLP. held 57,106,048 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $523,091,391. This brought the portfolio total to 0.19%.

Janus Capital Management LLC. held 53,018,249 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $485,647,153. This brought the portfolio total to 0.64%.

Vanguard Group Inc. held 39,545,893 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $362,240,374. This brought the portfolio total to 0.05%.

Wayzata Investment Partners LLC. held 34,797,495 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $318,745,049. This brought the portfolio total to 44.75%.

Lansdowne Partners Limited Partnership held 34,420,543 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $315,292,169. This brought the portfolio total to 6.35%.

FMR LLC. held 28,903,352 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $264,754,700. This brought the portfolio total to 0.05%.

Capital World Investors held 27,473,769 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $251,659,720. This brought the portfolio total to 0.09%.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 18,713,361 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $171,414,384. This brought the portfolio total to 0.04%.

Alliance Bernstein L.P. held 18,262,880 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $167,287,978. This brought the portfolio total to 0.19%.

Blackrock Advisors LLC. held 16,259,942 shares on 09/30/2012 worth $148,941,066. This brought the portfolio total to 0.15%.

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