Although some of Delta Air Lines' hub airports are separated by only a few hundred miles, the company is committed to maintaining all seven of them, according to President and CEO Ed Bastian. "If you started an airline from scratch, would you put a hub in Cincinnati and Detroit and Minneapolis and Memphis? No, you wouldn't," Bastian said. But after the recent merger with Northwest Airlines, he said, "We've already paid for them; they are ours." Detroit, the company's second-largest hub, will lose direct service to Paris and to Osaka, Japan, but other destinations such as Shanghai will be added as Delta attempts to make international routes account for 50% of all flights by 2010.

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