Delta reports loss

Delta Air Lines counter agent Ken Treadwell checks in luggage for passengers in the South Terminal of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Thursday. Delta Air Lines Inc., which is transforming its business to reduce costs and attract more fliers, blamed high fuel prices, low fares and hefty charges as it reported a $2.2 billion fourth quarter loss that was much steeper than a year ago. The results, announced before the market opened on Thursday, missed Wall Street’s reduced expectations and pushed the total losses at the Atlanta-based carrier to $8.5 billion since 2001.