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Delta to add two new European routes from Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch the summer seasonal Detroit – Munich route on May 26 with Boeing 767-400 ER aircraft according to a company press release.

In addition, the airline will also add the seasonal daily Minneapolis/St. Paul – Rome (Fiumicino) also on May 26 with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

In all, Delta will offer five new routes across the Atlantic beginning next summer: Detroit to Munich; Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome; New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland; Salt Lake City to London-Heathrow; and Raleigh-Durham to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) in the 2015 The Breast Cancer Research Foundation livery departs from London (Heathrow).

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Delta introduces a new BCRF “Pink Plane”

Delta 767-400 N845MH (15-BCRF)(Nose) ATL (Delta)(LR)

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has put into revenue service a newly repainted “Pink Plane” in the on-going fight against Breast Cancer through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The pictured Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) is now flying in this unique BCRF livery replacing the older “Force for Global Good” pink color scheme. Delta issued this statement and photos:

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Fresh from the paint shop, Delta’s latest “Pink Plane” (above) took to the skies just days before it’s set to fly a cabin full of employees who have survived breast cancer or are battling the disease on the airline’s 11th annual Breast Cancer Survivor Flight.

The Boeing 767-400 ER, which has featured a pink-themed livery since 2010, was due for a repaint so teams in Delta’s Marketing department as well as those in Delta’s Technical Operations division – the airline’s maintenance department – worked together to design a refreshed look while taking advantage of a unique paint formula to wrap the fuselage in a pink ribbon.

Graphics specialist Joel Freeland in TechOps used AutoCAD software to create a full-scale image showing how, exactly, the design would wrap around the fuselage. It’s challenging to take a flat design and adapt it to a 3-D plane with all its curves, so a trial was done first on a small-scale model.

Then came time to paint. Talented aircraft painters, many of whom have brought to life special liveries and designs over the past several decades, got to work, carefully layering on the unique shade of pink across the expanse of the widebody jet. Painters used a special paint containing a pigment that reflects about 90 percent of visible light, compared to 30 percent of normal paint.

Once finished and dried, the plane was put back into service today headed to Amsterdam, spreading breast cancer awareness across the globe.

“It’s always nice to have the opportunity to be involved in something that has this much impact on someone’s family that has been touched by [breast cancer],” Freeland said.

This was the first Delta aircraft painted for the season – Delta typically paints aircraft from fall through early spring. The airline will paint about 80 or more Delta jets each season.

Breast cancer survivor flight

Delta’s employee survivor flight, which formally kicks off the airline’s breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, takes place on October 1.

Employees, customers and their friends and families have raised $9.2 million for BCRF since 2005, including last year’s effort of $1.3 million. Delta’s contributions have funded the vital work of 37 different research projects over the years in the pursuit of eradicating breast cancer.

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Below Photo: Jeff Magnet. N845MH arrives in Boston.

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Delta inks partnership deals with nine universities that go beyond logo placement and into campus life

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today made this announcement:

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Starting with the fall 2015 semester, Delta Air Lines will launch alliances with nine universities across the country that go beyond traditional stadium signage to embed the airline and its employees in campus and alumni events, academics and career recruiting and counseling, all in an effort to become a lifelong travel partner to future customers.

By employing a team of college seniors, Delta has gained direct insight into the needs of its next generation of customers. Students’ feedback following an eight-week intensive internship at the airline’s Atlanta headquarters formed the foundation for Delta’s groundbreaking approach to university partnerships.

“College students are a savvy group of consumers,” said Jeff Robertson, Delta Vice President – Product Development, Sky Clubs and Marketing Communications. “By creating campus and alumni events that incorporate our people, our unmatched focus on customer service, leadership and more, we will give students and alums the opportunity to really get to know our airline. Ultimately, we believe this will position Delta as their trusted partner over a lifetime of travel.”

Delta’s new university partners include: Duke University, The University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Penn State University and University of Wisconsin. The airline also has existing partnerships with Boston College, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, and Syracuse University.

“When we met with the Delta team to explore ideas for a partnership, it quickly became clear they were thinking differently,” said Scott Correira, President of Notre Dame Sports Properties. “Delta is moving past the traditional events and logo placements and working with us to create valuable and impactful programs – to engage with students, alumni, fans and staff at a higher level than traditional partnership programs.”

The airline will engage students through unique, hands-on campus events. These include:

  • Delta employees providing hands-on help as 10,000 new freshmen arrive for Michigan State Sparty Move-In Day Aug. 30. Delta employees will offer luggage carts, refreshments, and complimentary care packages to help students settle into their new digs.
  • Lighting up the Delta Celebration Grill, built by the Delta TechOps team to look like an aircraft, at select football season tailgate parties for SkyMiles members and those who sign up onsite. Tailgates will feature College Football Legend appearances, a social photo capture and sharing hub, lounge space with feeds of college football games and more.
  • Delta being front and center for Midnight Madness and the start of the 2015-16 college basketball season at universities such as Michigan State and Duke.
  • Partnering with local alumni association chapters to participate in football watch parties with food and beverage specials and premium branded items for SkyMiles members. Participants will have the opportunity to win trips to a home football game during the 2016 season.
    The campus events reflect feedback the airline gained from interns this summer.

 

In addition to on-campus events and activities, Delta will support select students for study abroad or alternative spring break travel, allowing students to participate in volunteer activities worldwide. Details of this program are to be announced. Delta also will be on campuses showcasing the benefits of a career with the airline while also providing valuable career path lessons to students.

While Delta’s unique approach to this university audience has been informed by the students themselves, media partner, LinkedIn, provided insight on connections between the airline’s existing corporate customers and the colleges and universities from which they graduated. That information helped the airline prioritize which universities to approach.

In addition to programs launching this fall, Delta is exploring ways to continue to reach beyond athletics with opportunities to complement academics with events such as C-level executive summits at select schools and more robust on-campus recruiting programs.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-432 ER N837MH (msn 29710) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta’s pilots, represented by ALPA, reach a tentative agreement with management

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

ALPA issued this statement:

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On June 4, the Negotiating Committee for the pilots of Delta Air Lines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), reached a tentative agreement with Delta management on an amended collective bargaining agreement, over six months ahead of the December 31, 2015 amendable date.

In a letter to the Delta pilots, Delta Master Executive Council (MEC) Chairman Captain Mike Donatelli wrote, “This agreement represents the culmination of tremendous effort on your behalf. We have been engaged in negotiation preparation and execution for a full year, with incredible dedication from our negotiators, professional staff, subject matter experts and your elected representatives.

As a function of process within the Delta MEC Policy Manual, your elected representatives will now have TA language in their possession for seven days. We will meet, and if they approve the agreement, it will be made available to the Delta pilots for membership ratification.”

The tentative agreement is in the hands of the Delta MEC, the union’s governing body, for consideration. Until that process is complete, the details of the tentative agreement will not be publically released.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-432 ER N839MH (msn 29712) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Delta to restore seasonal service to Nice on March 29, 2015

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will once again be offering nonstop daily flights between Nice’s Cote d’Azur Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport for the 2015 summer season.

Flights will begin five times a week on March 29, 2015, increasing to a daily service from May 2, 2015. Delta has scheduled a Boeing 767-400 aircraft with 245 seats on the route, which is operated in conjunction with joint venture partner Air France-KLM.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-432 ER N841MH (msn 29714) with the special “100 Years – American Cancer Society – The Official Sponsor of Birthdays” logo departs from London (Heathrow).

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Delta Air Lines honors breast cancer survivors with the annual “Breast Cancer One” flight

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has issued this statement about yesterday’s annual “Breast Cancer One” flight:

Delta Air Lines’ annual “Breast Cancer One” employee survivor flight took place yesterday (September 30), kicking off the airline’s month-long campaign to generate awareness and raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year marked Delta’s 10th annual survivor flight, which honored more than 140 employee breast cancer survivors with a trip from Atlanta to New York City.

The employee survivors, accompanied by Delta leaders and BCRF executives, traveled from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Survivors were celebrated and honored by Delta leaders, employees and customers during festivities at both airports including water cannon salutes and live music. In New York, survivors were treated to an overnight stay which included dinner and a meet-and-greet with some of BCRF’s world-renowned researchers. Nearly 80 percent of the Delta employees involved were first-time participants.

As part of this year’s initiative, Delta also hosted its first “Unsung Hero” social media contest. The airline encouraged customers who are survivors or currently battling breast cancer to share the story of the person who has provided countless hours of support during their journey. As a result, five customers and their unsung heroes were chosen to attend this year’s flight.

To further raise awareness and support for breast cancer research, Delta employees will wear pink uniforms and sell pink products, including pink lemonade and pink headsets, on board and in Delta Sky Clubs during October. All proceeds from the airline’s pink products will benefit BCRF.

Since 2005, Delta’s support has contributed more than $7.9 million to BCRF, including last year’s efforts of $1.25 million. Delta’s contributions have funded the vital work of 31 different research projects over the years in the pursuit of eradicating breast cancer.

Delta’s “Pink Plane”

Delta’s international “pink plane,” a Boeing 767-400, features BCRF’s trademarked pink ribbon logo on the tail of the aircraft and adjacent to the boarding door. In 2012 the aircraft was formally dedicated to the memory of Evelyn Lauder who founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993. The aircraft flies international routes and will raise awareness for BCRF in London, Milan, Rio De Janiero, Sao Paulo, among others and the United States this year. Delta’s first pink plane was a Boeing 757 that between 2005 and 2010 flew throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean to generate awareness for the cause.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The “Pink Plane”, namely Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719), taxies to the runway at Amsterdam.

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Delta issues a redemption chart to better explain the changes to its SkyMiles program

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has released the 2015 SkyMiles U.S. Award redemption charts as part of its commitment to inform members of upcoming SkyMiles program improvements. Of the 44 Award level pricing changes, more than 95 percent of the changes reflect a decrease in the miles needed for Award Travel redemption by SkyMiles members.

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According to the airline, “With the release of the U.S. Award chart, members can learn even more about Delta’s 2015 SkyMiles program including how the new five-tier Award structure will be implemented. The lowest level for SkyMiles Saver Awards will remain at 25,000 miles plus taxes and fees for an Economy Class Award ticket for travel within the U.S. andCanada excluding Hawaii. The introduction of two additional redemption tiers will offer members more price points for Awards and is designed to complement new features such as new One-Way Award tickets which will start as low as 12,500 miles plus taxes and fees within the U.S. and Canada excluding Hawaii and the ability to redeem Miles + Cash Award options. In addition, members will experience significant improvements to award-redemption functionality at delta.com and Delta reservations in 2015.”

Delta is moving the emphasis of the mileage awards program to its premium flyers who pay more for their tickets.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-432 ER N841MH (msn 29714) with the special “100 Years – American Cancer Society – The Official Sponsor of Birthdays” logo and inscription arrives in Las Vegas.

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Delta posts a higher 3Q net profit of $1.2 billion

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the 2013 third quarter.  Highlights from the quarter include:

  • Delta’s net profit for the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share, excluding special items1.  This result is a $444 million improvement year-over-year.
  • Including $157 million in special items, Delta’s GAAP net income was $1.4 billion, or $1.59 per diluted share.
  • The company began returning capital to shareholders, with $100 million in share repurchases and $51 million in dividend payments.
  • September quarter results include $249 million of profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions to the company’s financial performance.
  • Delta generated $1.2 billion of operating cash flow and $627 million of free cash flow in the September 2013 quarter, and ended the period with adjusted net debt of $9.9 billion.

Revenue Environment

Delta’s operating revenue improved $567 million in the September 2013 quarter compared to the September 2012 quarter.  Traffic increased 2.1 percent on a 2.6 percent increase in capacity.

  • Passenger revenue increased 6.7 percent, or $581 million, compared to the prior year period.  Passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 4.0 percent year over year with a 4.5 percent improvement in yield.
  • Cargo revenue decreased 6.1 percent, or $15 million, on declining freight yields.
  • Other revenue was flat year over year as growth in Delta’s third-party staffing business revenues offset a decline in third-party maintenance revenues.

Comparisons of revenue-related statistics are as follows:

Increase (Decrease)3Q13 versus 3Q12
Passenger Revenue 3Q13 ($M) ChangeYOY UnitRevenue Yield Capacity
Domestic $ 4,121 10.7 7.7% 8.9% 2.7%
Atlantic 1,853 9.0% 5.6% 4.3% 3.2%
Pacific 1,044 (5.0)% (4.2)% (3.9)% (0.8)%
Latin America 548 16.0% 1.6% 2.1% 14.1%
Total Mainline 7,566 8.2% 4.9% 5.2% 3.2%
Regional carriers 1,688 0.5% 2.2% 4.9% (1.6)%
Consolidated $ 9,254 6.7% 4.0% 4.5% 2.6%

“The momentum we have built by running an outstanding operation and investing in our product and people enabled a 7 percent revenue growth, with particularly strong performance in Atlanta, New York and London,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president.  “The revenue environment appears solid through the end of the year, including strong holiday bookings, and we expect to continue to build on the revenue premium we deliver versus the industry.”

Cost Performance

Total operating expense in the quarter increased $312 million year-over-year driven by higher volume- and revenue-related expenses; the impact of operational, service and employee investments; and $75 million higher profit sharing expense.  These cost increases were partially offset by the savings from Delta’s structural cost initiatives.  Non-operating expense declined as a result of lower interest expense and a $40 million benefit for the portion of Virgin Atlantic’s September quarter profit attributable to Delta’s ownership stake.

Consolidated unit cost excluding fuel expense, profit sharing and special items (CASM-Ex2), was 1.1 percent higher in the September 2013 quarter on a year-over-year basis, driven by the impact of wage increases and operational and service investments.  GAAP consolidated CASM increased 1.0 percent.

Fuel expense, excluding mark-to-market adjustments, declined $81 million as a result of lower market fuel prices and better settled hedge performance. Delta’s average fuel price3 was $2.97 per gallon for the September quarter, which includes $0.06 in hedge gains.  On a GAAP-basis, fuel expense for the September quarter increased $74 million year-over-year, driven by lower mark-to-market gains on hedges.

For the September quarter, operations at the Trainer refinery produced a $3 million profit.  While lower crack spreads pressured results at the refinery, they also reduced market jet fuel prices and helped lower Delta’s overall fuel expense.

Cash Flow

Cash from operations during the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, driven by the company’s September quarter profit.  The company generated $627 million of free cash flow.

Capital expenditures during the September 2013 quarter were $635 million, including $450 million in fleet investments and $61 million for the purchase of 12 aircraft off lease. During the quarter, Delta’s debt maturities and capital leases were $430 million.

In the September quarter, the company began returning capital to shareholders.  On Sept. 10, the company paid $51 million to shareholders, which represents the $0.06 per share quarterly dividend declared earlier in the year.  In addition, the company repurchased 4.8 million shares at an average price of $20.82 for a total of $100 million.  The company has $400 million remaining of the $500 million share repurchase plan authorized by Delta’s Board of Directors in May.

Delta ended the quarter with adjusted net debt of $9.9 billion and the company has now achieved over $7 billion in net debt reduction since 2009.  This debt reduction strategy produced a $33 million year-over-year reduction in interest expense in the September quarter.  As of September 30, 2013, Delta had $5.8 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $4 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and $1.8 billion in undrawn revolving credit facilities.

“The $1.8 billion in free cash flow we have generated so far this year has allowed us to achieve our initial $10 billion debt target and start down the path toward our new $7 billion target,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer.  “With consistently solid cash generation, we are moving forward with our plan to return capital to shareholders while continuing to invest in the company and strengthen our balance sheet.”

Company Highlights

Delta has a strong commitment to its employees, customers and the communities it serves.  Recent Delta highlights include:

  • Recognizing the achievements of Delta employees toward meeting the company’s financial and operational goals with $456 million of incentives so far this year, including $387 million in profit sharing expense and $69 million in Shared Rewards payments;
  • Significantly improving its operational performance, resulting in an on-time arrival rate of 83 percent and a 99.8 percent completion factor so far this year.  This completion factor performance includes 40 days of 100 percent mainline completion factor;
  • Receiving final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Delta’s joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways with a grant of anti-trust immunity.  The joint venture will allow the airlines to deepen their cooperation, offering more flight choice for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic and improving the travel options for business customers in the New York to London market;
  • Equipping Delta’s crews with enhanced technology by providing all flight attendants new Windows Phone 8 handheld devices that will streamline on-board purchasing and improve the customer experience and also announcing plans to provide Delta’s 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, allowing pilots more efficient access to real-time flight information; and
  • Continuing to support the communities we serve through Delta’s Force for Global Good, including raising nearly $7 million since 2005 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and furthering the foundation’s goal of breast cancer awareness with Delta’s Pink Plane, a 767-400 (above) dedicated to Evelyn Lauder and featuring BCRF’s trademarked pink ribbon logo on the tail of the aircraft.

Special Items

Delta recorded special items totaling a $157 million gain in the September 2013 quarter, including:

  • a $285 million gain for mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges settling in future periods; and
  • a $128 million charge for facilities, fleet and other items, primarily associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring.

Delta recorded special items totaling a $279 million gain in the September 2012 quarter, including:

  • a $440 million gain for mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges settling in future periods;
  • a $39 million gain associated with the exchange of slots at New York-LaGuardia and Washington-Reagan National;
  • a $12 million loss on extinguishment of debt;
  • a $66 million charge for severance and related costs; and
  • a $122 million charge for facilities, fleet and other, including charges resulting from the closure of Comair.

End Notes

(1)   Note A to the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

(2)   CASM – Ex: In addition to fuel expense, profit sharing and special items, Delta believes excluding ancillary business costs is helpful to investors because ancillary business costs are not related to the generation of a seat mile. These businesses include aircraft maintenance and staffing services Delta provides to third parties and Delta’s vacation wholesale operations. The amounts excluded were $224 million and $214 million for the September 2013 and 2012 quarters, respectively. Management believes this methodology provides a more consistent and comparable reflection of Delta’s airline operations.

(3)   Average fuel price per gallon: Delta’s September 2013 quarter average fuel price of $2.97 per gallon reflects the consolidated cost per gallon for mainline and regional operations, including contract carrier operations, and includes the impact of fuel hedge contracts with original maturity dates in the September 2013 quarter. On a GAAP basis, fuel price includes $285 million in fuel hedge mark-to-market adjustments recorded in periods other than the settlement period. The net refinery profit for the quarter was $3 million. See Note A for a reconciliation of average fuel price per gallon to the comparable GAAP metric.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s special “Force for Global Good” Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) “Pink Plane” taxies at London (Heathrow).

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Delta expands international routes from Minneapolis/St. Paul

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is growing its international presence at its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub, with enhanced offerings to Latin America and Europe. The expansion includes:

New nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Mexico City International Airport, subject to foreign government approval. The flight will mark the first nonstop service operated by any airline between the two cities.

The extension of Delta’s nonstop flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport from seasonal to year-round service.

The expansion of Delta’s nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and London-Heathrow from five days each week to daily service for winter 2010.

In addition to the new Mexico City service, Delta offers nonstop seasonal flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and six Mexican cities: Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa and Cozumel. Delta also provides nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to three Caribbean destinations: Grand Cayman; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The new daily flight to Mexico City, which begins Dec. 18, will be operated with 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, which are equipped with 16 First class and 108 Economy seats.

Delta’s service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Paris will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER, which offers 36 BusinessElite seats and 180 seats in Economy. Delta’s service to London-Heathrow will be operated with a Boeing 767-400 ER, which features 40 full flat BusinessElite seats and 205 seats in Economy.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 767-432 ER N844MH (msn 29717) taxies past the camera at New York (JFK) in the SkyTeam livery.

Delta adds two long-range routes from Seattle/Tacoma

Copyright Photo: Andres Castro.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday (June 4) began nonstop flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Beijing and beginning Monday (June 7) from Seattle/Tacoma to Osaka, Japan. The new routes continue Delta’s development of Seattle as its primary West Coast gateway to Asia. The new routes will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Andres Castro. In addition, Delta has introduced its latest “Pink Plane” in support of the fight against Breast Cancer via the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) taxies at the Atlanta hub.