By taking over Northwest Airlines' extensive route map in Asia, the new Delta Air Lines will become the world's first truly global carrier, a mere 18 months after emerging from bankruptcy protection. The new company flies 770 mainline jets and employs 75,000 people, though some critics warn that employment numbers will drop as the carriers' operations are merged. But Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian insists any job cuts will be minimal. "Eventually, you'll see some reductions across the two companies, but it's pretty far down the road, and I would expect we're going to manage it through attrition and other types of early-out arrangements," he says.
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