Delta, Northwest to pursue merger without pilots deal

04/14/2008 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

The long-discussed merger of Delta and Northwest airlines may take off this week without agreement on how the combined carrier would sort out seniority status for 11,000 pilots. Sources told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Delta will try to cut a deal with its 6,000 pilots, announce the merger, and negotiate with Northwest's 5,000 pilots later. Seniority-rights battles "could go on for years," airline analyst Robert Mann said.

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