Merger in the Air

  • Northwest's stake in Midwest Airlines raises competitive concerns
    Northwest Airlines' plan to buy Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines could be put on hold. Another bidder for Midwest, AirTran Airways, submitted a new, higher offer on Tuesday. If Northwest and an investment firm win the airline, federal regulators are likely to take a close look at how the transaction affects competition.August 14, 2007
  • NWA joins private equity group's bid for Midwest Air
    Northwest Airlines is a passive investor in a group that wants to acquire Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines. Midwest said Sunday that it will pursue an all-cash offer from TPG Capital which would take the airline private.August 12, 2007
  • Northwest, pilots reach deal aimed at reducing cancellations
    Northwest was forced to cancel hundreds of flights at the ends of June and July because it couldn't find enough pilots. The airline had said more pilots than usual weren't showing up for work; pilots said they were overworked under a new, tougher schedule implemented under bankruptcy.August 1, 2007
  • Northwest boss apologizes for airline's performance
    Northwest Airlines CEO Doug Steenland promises greater reliability in August. At the end of June and July, Northwest cancelled hundreds of flights.August 1, 2007
  • Northwest reports profit
    Just two months after emerging from bankruptcy, Northwest Airlines is reporting a $273 million pre-tax profit for its second quarter. That's up 53 percent from the same period last year. But even as Northwest touted the financial results, airline officials called recent spikes in flight cancellations unacceptable.July 31, 2007
  • Little improvement evident in Northwest's cancellation woes
    The airline has been trying to make amends for cancelled flights by dishing out frequent-flier miles to at least some customers. Northwest had hoped to get back to normal on Monday, but cancellations still appear to be running above normal.July 30, 2007
  • More end-of-month flight woes for NWA
    Northwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend. The company blamed pilot absenteeism, while employees claimed staffing shortages were foreseeable.July 29, 2007
  • Airlines could see a shortage of pilots
    Eagan-based Northwest Airlines recently announced it will again start hiring pilots after years of retrenchment. But Northwest and other carriers could be facing a shortage of pilots.July 27, 2007
  • Spike in canceled fights for NWA
    Northwest Airlines blamed a spike in canceled flights Friday on pilot absenteeism and warned that it would probably cancel more flights over the weekend.July 27, 2007
  • NWA flight cancellations tick up again
    Flight cancellations have edged up again at Northwest Airlines. Towards the end of June, Northwest cancelled around 12 percent of its flights. Northwest saw another increase in cancellations this past weekend.July 24, 2007
  • Northwest to recall pilots and cut schedule
    Northwest Airlines says it expects to return to normal summertime operations soon. The airline has cancelled more than 1,000 flights in the past week. But Northwest says it plans to end the flurry of flight cancellations, in part, by rehiring pilots who have been laid off.June 29, 2007
  • Flight delays at Northwest should ease next week
    The spike in flight cancellations at Northwest Airlines should ease next week as a new month begins for pilots who are limited to flying 90 hours monthly, but a pilots' union spokesman said Thursday the problem could keep coming up until the carrier adds more pilots.June 28, 2007
  • Flight woes
    Northwest Airlines isn't the only carrier to experience more flight delays and cancellations. Midmorning's guests have suggestions for business and vacationing passengers when flights don't leave when expected.Midmorning, June 26, 2007
  • Cheery Steenland sees better service, planes, labor relations at NWA
    Northwest Airlines' president and chief executive officer, Doug Steenland, says the airline is poised for success now that it's out of bankruptcy. Steenland trumpeted the airline's improved finances and its plans to improve customer service at a news conference Thursday.June 1, 2007
  • Northwest Airlines: As fixed as it can get?
    Northwest Airlines has fixed the cost issues that pushed it into bankruptcy in the first place. Some observers point to serious challenges ahead.May 31, 2007
Merger in the Air photo by Michael Carter

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