Northwest name going away

Monday, January 04, 2010
Northwest Airlines

Delta Air Lines will phase out the Northwest name.

Delta Air lines Inc. has received government permission to operate its namesake service and its Northwest Airlines subsidiary as a single carrier, a Delta executive said Thursday.

The single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration allows Delta to put its code on Northwest flights and phase out the Northwest name.

That process will be complete in the first quarter of 2010.

Labor issues remain, however.

Though pilots and some smaller work groups from both carriers are operating under joint contracts and seniority lists, flight attendants, gate and reservation agents, and ramp workers have not resolved representation issues.

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