Tue, Apr 08, 2008
Carriers Opt To Pursue Deal Without Pilot OK
Here we go again... somebody, grab
the popcorn. Reuters reports Delta Air Lines has agreed to
revive stalled merger talks with Northwest Airlines, even
without an agreement between pilot groups at the two companies on
seniority integration issues.
The news service quotes an unnamed person briefed on the
The report follows a meeting of Delta's directors, convened on
Friday. As ANN reported, Northwest is
said to have urged Delta late last month to consider renewed
The merger would create the world's largest airline, with a
combined pilot workforce of 12,000. That figure would almost
certainly be pared down through post-merger layoffs, however.
The two pilot groups, both represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association, declared the merger dead last month, after failing to
reach agreement on how to integrate the two groups, despite a
reported offer from the airlines to increase pay and provide stock
to pilots as incentives.
Seniority determines pilots' pay, and priority in bidding for
work schedules and aircraft flown.
Reuters cites its unnamed source in reporting other details of a
merger agreement were finalized by both airlines last month, but
will need to be revisited now that oil prices have continued to
Both Delta and Northwest have so far declined official
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