Merger in the Air

  • Delta revising its business plan
    The move is intended to counter the impact of skyrocketing fuel costs.March 17, 2008
  • Can the pilots kill off industry consolidation?
    Can Northwest and Delta pilots kill industry consolidation if they fail to reach agreement on combining seniority lists?March 6, 2008
  • $4.3 million bonuses denied for Northwest bankruptcy
    A bankruptcy judge has rejected almost $4.3 million in "success fees" for consultants in the Northwest Airlines bankruptcy.March 1, 2008
  • Delta executives: No deal yet that meets all goals
    The memo to Delta employees was issued as talks between the Atlanta-based company and Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines have been hampered by an inability by their pilots unions to reach a deal on integrating seniority lists.February 26, 2008
  • International Machinists union opposes any airline mergers
    The union representing about 40,000 baggage handlers, reservation agents and other workers at Northwest, United and Continental airlines says it will oppose any merger of major U.S. airlines.February 25, 2008
  • Pilot seniority is sticking point in airline merger deal
    Merger talks between Northwest and Delta airlines and their pilots have apparently resolved issues related to pilot pay, stock and other issues. But the two pilot groups are still deadlocked over how to combine the separate pilot seniority lists into one. And that could kill a deal.February 20, 2008
  • Officials: Pilots' impasse puts Delta-Northwest deal at risk
    An impasse among pilot negotiators over blending seniority lists put a $20 billion deal to combine Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. in "serious jeopardy," two people close to talks told The Associated Press.February 20, 2008
  • What a Delta-Northwest merger may mean
    A merger between Northwest Airlines and Delta may be in danger. Pilots of the two airlines have not yet reached agreement on seniority, though other issues apparently have been worked out. Some say the merger will help both airlines and perhaps the industry. But others say if the merger is chaotic, passengers will suffer.Midmorning, February 20, 2008
  • State officials wait for word of merger
    The possibility of a merger led Gov. Tim Pawlenty to cancel an out-of-state trip. Legislators also scheduled a hearing Monday to learn more about a merger deal that they expect will be public by then.February 19, 2008
  • Delta, NWA boards may meet Wednesday on merger
    A source close to merger discussions between Northwest and Delta airlines says no deal has been reached so far to win the support of the airlines' pilots for a merger. That conflicts with published reports earlier Tuesday indicating a settlement with the pilots was in hand.February 19, 2008
  • Report: Delta, NWA boards to meet today
    The Detroit News reported today that pilots for both Delta and Northwest Airlines have agreed to terms of a mergeFebruary 19, 2008
  • Delta-NWA merger moves ahead while state leaders weigh the impact of consolidation
    The unions representing pilots at Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines have reportedly reached an agreement to consolidate the two work groups, according to an online report in the Detroit News on Tuesday.February 19, 2008
  • Northwest officials talking to Gov. Pawlenty
    Northwest Airlines officials say they are talking to Gov. Tim Pawlenty about jobs and service as merger talks between Delta and Northwest Airlines continue.February 17, 2008
  • Report: Delta-NWA reach agreement with pilots unions
    There are reports that a major obstacle to a merger between Northwest and Delta Airlines has been cleared.February 17, 2008
  • Delta-NWA merger could come as soon as Wednesday
    A merger of Northwest and Delta airlines could be announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, Gov. Tim Pawlenty is reminding Northwest of commitments the airline has made to Minnesota.February 15, 2008
Merger in the Air photo by Michael Carter

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