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  • Northwest Jet Blows 5 Tires On Landing In Minn.

    08/02/2009 7:05:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,282+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 02, 2009
    Northwest jet blows 5 tires on landing in Minn. The Associated Press Aug. 2, 2009 MINNEAPOLIS -- A Northwest Airlines jet blew five tires as it landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, closing a runway for a few hours. No injuries were reported in Sunday's incident. Fifteen employees were on the plane, but there were no passengers. The plane landed without crashing or going off the runway, although one runway was blocked for the rest of the afternoon. It's not clear why the tires blew. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan says the pilot reported his brakes were overheating....
  • Northwest Jet Suffers Similar Malfunctions to Air France Flight

    06/27/2009 5:07:40 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 94 replies · 3,566+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 June 2009 | ANDY PASZTOR and DANIEL MICHAELS
    A Northwest Airlines jet traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo last Tuesday suffered a series of equipment and computer malfunctions strikingly similar to those encountered by Air France Flight 447 just before it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on May 31. The Northwest plane and its passengers, however, emerged unscathed. Details of the harrowing incident – described in a memo by one of the Northwest pilots and confirmed Friday by others familiar with the matter – highlight how cockpit crews can safely cope with something that is almost never supposed to happen: a system breakdown that prevented the crew from...
  • Plane (NW 757) due for LA makes emergency landing in Waterloo (IA)

    06/02/2009 9:38:49 AM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 15 replies · 1,330+ views
    WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A Boeing 757 made an emergency landing at the Waterloo Regional Airport just after 10:00 a.m Tuesday morning. Northwest flight #335 took off around 8:30 a.m. Iowa time from Detroit due for Los Angeles. The airport was notified that there was smoke in the cockpit and the plane needed to land in Waterloo. The airport was notified when the plane was ten miles out. We have a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest on the KWWL News at Noon.
  • CNN : "Penis Being Served on Northwest Airlines"

    02/18/2009 10:10:25 PM PST · by libh8er · 30 replies · 1,833+ views
    CNN (Youtube) ^ | 2/17/09
  • Peanuts on Northwest Airlines prompt protests.. War on Peanuts!

    02/16/2009 10:33:29 AM PST · by TaraP · 124 replies · 2,087+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb 16th, 2009
    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The return of peanuts to the snack menu at Northwest Airlines this month has prompted a spasm of protests from travelers with allergies.. The change comes four months after Northwest merged with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and in the midst of a national salmonella outbreak involving Peanut Corporation of America. Georgia, where the company has a plant, is the top peanut-producing state in the country. Northwest began handing out the goobers as snacks on February 1, as Delta has been doing for years. In Minneapolis, where Northwest is based, news of the change has resulted in...
  • Delta and Northwest Merge, Creating Premier Global Airline

    10/29/2008 3:51:26 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 7 replies · 365+ views
    ATLANTA, Oct. 29, 2008 – Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and Northwest Airlines, Inc. today merged, creating a premier global airline with service to nearly all of the world’s major travel markets. The new airline, called Delta and headquartered in Atlanta, will begin its first day as a combined company with a commitment to delivering excellent service to customers in 66 countries and more than 375 worldwide cities – more than any other airline; with a dedicated base of approximately 75,000 worldwide employees; and with a best-in-class cost structure and strong liquidity balance that better positions the company to...
  • Wrestling legend Killer Kowalski passes away

    08/30/2008 2:59:50 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 43 replies · 281+ views
    411mania ^ | 30 August 2008
    Killer Kowalski Passes Away Walter "Killer" Kowalski passed away early this morning. Kowalski had been taken off life support two weeks ago. He suffered a massive heart attack back on August 8th.
  • The mystery of Flight 4422 (Severed hand helps scientists ID victim)

    08/16/2008 8:40:51 AM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 23 replies · 343+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 16, 2008 | By GEORGE BRYSON
    It's said that dead men tell no tales. But a severed arm and hand that emerged from a Wrangell Mountain glacier nine years ago just might -- with the help of two pilots, several forensic and genetic scientists and a raft of state and federal officials. Their combined efforts, detailed at an Anchorage press conference Friday, have determined that the human remains belong to one of the passengers on board a DC-4 airliner that slammed into the side of Mount Sanford 60 years ago last spring. More specifically, they belong to Francis Joseph Van Zandt, a 36-year-old merchant marine from...
  • NWA, Delta waive baggage fees for military personnel

    08/15/2008 12:26:49 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies · 858+ views ^ | 8/15/08 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    Northwest Airlines announced it will waive the fee for a third checked bag by military personnel traveling on NWA and Airlink flights in its continued support of military efforts around the world. Effective Friday, military personnel traveling on orders domestically or internationally may check up to three bags, up to 70 pounds each, at no fee. If military passengers are not on orders, then the regular luggage fees apply. Excess luggage fees will apply if military luggage is over 70 pounds. The decision comes the same day that Delta Airlines announced it would waive all excess baggage fees for active...
  • Delta to Join Northwest to Form World’s Largest Airline

    04/14/2008 5:12:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 114+ views
    Delta to Join Northwest to Form World’s Largest Airline By JEFF BAILEY The boards of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines announced a deal late Monday that will create the world’s biggest airline and probably trigger other airlines to pursue mergers of their own. Directors of the two airlines approved the deal in telephone conference calls. If they approve the deal, shareholders of Northwest would receive 1.25 Delta shares for every Northwest share that they own, a person with direct knowledge of the arrangement said Monday evening. Seven board members from Delta and five from Northwest would join the board...
  • Delta, Northwest to announce merger: report

    04/13/2008 2:17:19 PM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 241+ views
    AFP ^ | 13 Apr 2008 | AFP
    Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines this week are expected to announce a long-anticipated merger, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The merger may to be unveiled as early as Tuesday, The Journal reported, adding that the deal could go through without support of Delta's 6,000 pilots. Delta and its pilots were holding separate talks this weekend on a post-merger contract, while negotiations with Northwest's 5,000 pilots were to be held at a later date, the daily reported. Last week, US authorities gave tentative approval for Delta, Northwest, and four of their international partners to combine their transatlantic routes in...
  • Near Miss on Runway at LAX as Planes Come Within 200 Feet

    08/17/2007 9:13:26 AM PDT · by 7thOF7th · 54 replies · 1,307+ views
    ABC7 LA ^ | 8-17-07 | Amy Powell
    L.A. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Aug. 17, 2007 (KABC-TV) - A close call at LAX could have had disastrous consequences. Airport officials are reporting two planes came within 200 feet -- perhaps as little as 50 feet -- on the airport runways. There have been near collisions at LAX before, but this one was very close. The FAA says it appears that both the air traffic controller and the pilot of the plane landing made mistakes. The incidents happened around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officials say a WestJet Boeing 737 coming in from Canada was landing. The plane seats around 132 passengers....
  • Flight Returns to Seattle-Tacoma Airport After Someone Claims Bomb on Board

    07/25/2007 1:58:46 PM PDT · by brytlea · 12 replies · 755+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/25/07
    <p>A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Memphis was forced to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday because of a bomb threat, though authorities did not believe the bomb was on board the plane, an airport spokeswoman said.</p> <p>Airport police were questioning a man who told a gate agent there was a bomb on Northwest Flight 980 shortly after the plane left Seattle around 12:33 p.m., airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt said.</p>
  • Ex-Police Officer Helps Subdue Two Men Onboard NWA Flight

    06/06/2007 10:23:34 AM PDT · by Jeff Blogworthy · 53 replies · 2,536+ views ^ | 06/05/2007 |
    Suspects Began Screaming, Rolling In AisleWhat, exactly, happened onboard a recent Northwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Boston? That's the question federal investigators are now contemplating, while a former police officer is being called a hero for his role in subduing two passengers. Boston's WBZ-TV reports Bob Hayden, a retired 28-year veteran police officer and former Lawrence, MA police chief, was a passenger on Northwest Flight 720 this weekend. Hayden says that even before the plane took off, one man started to act strangely -- pacing up and down the aisle, apparently aggravated. A flight attendant forced the man into...
  • NTSB looks at baggage handlers in plane fuselage damage

    06/04/2007 4:52:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies · 858+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 6/4/07 | AP
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Federal investigators are looking into whether baggage handlers at the Syracuse airport caused a 12-inch hole in the fuselage of a Northwest Airlines passenger jet forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, N.Y., last month. The Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 1411 was just 20 minutes into its May 18 journey when the crew heard a loud pop. The Douglas DC-9 experienced a loss of cabin pressure and smoke filled the cockpit. The plane landed safely at the Buffalo airport. A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board does not assess blame or pinpoint the cause...
  • Eagan man who tipped FBI on Moussaoui on flight diverted to Amsterdam(MN)

    08/24/2006 8:28:54 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 7 replies · 1,017+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 23 Aug 2006 | Pioneer Press
    A Minnesota man who was on the Northwest Airlines flight diverted to Amsterdam Wednesday after air marshals grew suspicious of passengers had prior experience with terrorist plots. Tim Nelson, the flight instructor who first told FBI officials about Al-Qaida operative Zacarias Moussaoui’s presence and behavior at an Eagan flight school in August, 2001, was on the Northwest flight, according to his wife, Jodie. Nelson’s call helped authorities arrest Moussaoui that same August, but the investigation that followed failed to thwart the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Regarding Wednesday’s incident, Mrs. Nelson said her husband specifically noted the crew and air marshals’...
  • Passengers On Northwest Plane Tell Of Air Marshal Action

    08/24/2006 3:10:46 PM PDT · by saganite · 57 replies · 2,844+ views
    Airwise news/Reuters ^ | 24 Aug 06 | staff
    Passengers aboard a Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai and forced to turn back to Amsterdam said air marshals swooped after 12 people began fidgeting with mobile phones and plastic bags, Dutch media said on Thursday. The 12 were arrested on Wednesday after the plane landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Prosecution authorities said they were still holding the 12 but would not give their identities or nationalities. "I saw the air marshals run and I knew something was amiss," a 31-year-old businessman aboard the plane told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. "Some had beards, others were unshaven, one was wearing a...
  • Our relatives are traders not terrorists (Reaction to Dutch Arrests)

    08/24/2006 3:23:49 PM PDT · by samsonite · 20 replies · 884+ views ^ | August 24, 2006 | Syed Firdaus Ashraf
    "Is keeping beard a sin in this world?" screams Abdul Kadar Kolsawala, 70, on the top of his voice in his two-room apartment at Memon Colony in Jogeshwari, a north-western suburb of Mumbai. "The terrorists get away all the time but it is only innocent Muslims who are caught," says Kadar. "It has become difficult to move around with a beard. The police doubt your credentials all the time. My son is innocent and he has nothing to do with terrorism," he adds. Kolsawala's son Ayub was detained by the Dutch police along with eight friends and two cooks at...
  • 12 arrested on U.S. plane to be released

    08/24/2006 12:12:03 PM PDT · by Quilla · 37 replies · 1,303+ views
    AP ^ | August 24, 2006 | Toby Sterling
    HAARLEM, Netherlands — Prosecutors said Thursday they found no evidence of a terrorist threat aboard a Northwest Airlines flight to India that returned to Amsterdam, and they are releasing all 12 passengers arrested after the emergency landing. The men, all Indian nationals, had aroused suspicions on Flight NW0042 to Bombay because they had a large number of cell phones, lap tops and hard drives, and refused to follow the crew's instructions, prosecutors said. Because of those actions by the passengers, the pilot of the DC-10 radioed for help shortly after takeoff Wednesday and the plane was escorted back to Amsterdam's...
  • Names of NW42 Passengers who caused turn back released

    08/24/2006 6:46:55 AM PDT · by USMMA_83 · 90 replies · 3,040+ views
    NDTV ^ | Aug-24-2006 | me
    List of Detainees: (1) Mohammad Iqbal Batliwala (2) Noor Mohammad Habeeb Batliwala (3) Yusru Haji Gaffar Memon (4) Yousuf Mohammad Salman Mohammad (5) Imran Mohammad Yousuf (6) Shakeel Osman Chhotani (7) Sohail Abdul Aziz Nizami (8) Ayub Abdul Qadir (9) Sajid Abdul Qadir (10) Ghulam Mustafa (11) Mohammad Ayub Khan (12) Mohammad Farooq Hasham
  • Twelve Passesngers Arrested From Plane That Returned To Amsterdam

    08/23/2006 9:22:09 PM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 50 replies · 2,175+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 8/23/2006 | Not Listed
    Amsterdam, Aug. 23 (AP): Dutch police arrested 12 passengers who aroused the crew's suspicion on a U.S. airline flight to India after it returned on Wednesday to Amsterdam escorted by two F-16 jet fighters, a spokesman said. Police spokesman Rob Staenacker said he could not disclose the nationalities of the people taken from the Northwest DC-10 after it was diverted over German airspace, or the nature of the suspicions against them. ``I can tell you 12 people have been arrested,'' he said. It was not immediately clear if they had been charged. An American passenger, who identified herself only as...
  • Avoid Europe on your way to India, terrorists targeting India bound planes from Europe

    08/23/2006 10:06:49 AM PDT · by arkady_renko · 50 replies · 1,688+ views
    India Daily ^ | 8/23/2006 | Kiran Chaube
    The Islamic Jihadists have established extensive networks in Europe to cause trouble for India bound passenger jets. International travel experts call for avoiding Europe as any stop while travelling from US or elsewhre to India. The Pakistani jihadists are targeting these planes. Any plane originating from Europe to US or India or Israel can be dangerous. US Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai was turned back to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday accompanied by Dutch fighter planes due to worrying passenger behaviour, officials said. According to media reports, "Northwest flight number 42 from Amsterdam to Mumbai with 149 passengers returned...
  • Twelve passengers arrested after Northwest Airlines disturbance (Amsterdam to Mumbai flight)

    08/23/2006 9:50:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 2,525+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/06 | AFP
    THE HAGUE (AFP) - Twelve passengers on a Northwest Airlines flight that returned to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after the pilot raised an alert over worrying behaviour have been arrested, the Dutch ANP news agency has reported. The plane was flying from the Dutch capital to Mumbai, India, with 149 passengers on board on Wednesday when what the pilot called "behavior of concern" prompted him to return to Amsterdam. The plane was escorted by two Dutch air force jets.

    08/23/2006 9:47:09 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 333 replies · 20,803+ views
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police arrested 12 passengers on a U.S. Northwest Airlines plane bound for India which was forced to turn back to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday, news agency ANP reported. ANP quoted a police spokesman as saying 12 were arrested, but declined to give further details due to the ongoing investigation. Police officials were not immediately available to comment. The Dutch Defense Ministry said earlier the pilot decided to turn back after the crew said several of the 149 passengers on flight 42 to Mumbai were behaving suspiciously. Security has been increased at airports worldwide in the...
  • Dutch F-16s escort plane back to airport

    08/23/2006 5:21:59 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 15 replies · 972+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-23-06 | AP
    24 minutes ago AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Dutch F-16s escorted a Northwest Airlines flight bound for India back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday, and authorities detained several passengers for questioning, an airport spokeswoman said. The pilot of the aircraft radioed Schiphol for permission to return and a military escort as it was flying over Germany shortly after leaving Amsterdam, said spokeswoman Pamela Kuypers. Rick Hirs, a spokesman for the customs police at Schiphol, said it was not clear why the plane had returned. "We don't know yet. We are interviewing passengers and crew members," he said. Hirs said nobody on...
  • Amsterdam - F-16s escort Northwest Airlines flight back to airport

    08/23/2006 3:46:44 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 35 replies · 2,931+ views
    AP News Alert | August 23, 2006
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- An airport spokeswoman says Dutch F-16s have escorted a Northwest Airlines flight back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
  • Passenger's Claim Shuts Down Customs at Detroit Airport

    08/13/2006 1:04:55 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 22 replies · 1,222+ views
    AP via WXYZ-TV ^ | August 12, 2006 | AP
    The U.S. Customs area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was briefly shut down today after a passenger claimed he had contaminated everyone on a flight from Amsterdam. Officials say a U.S citizen got off a Northwest Airlines flight and implied to the crew he had a biological agent of some sort and had contaminated the flight. Airport emergency medical technicians examined the man and decided that he did not pose a health risk. The man was eventually allowed to leave. It took about 90 minutes to investigate, and other passengers from Amsterdam were delayed in leaving. Passengers on two flights from...
  • GOP seekers of No. 2 post debate in LR

    05/02/2006 3:38:55 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 3 replies · 303+ views ^ | 05/02/06 | MICHAEL R. WICKLINE
    Two of the three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor differed Monday over whether the job should be part-time or full-time and over a possible proposal for Arkansas voters to prohibit most state services from being provided to illegal aliens. Chuck Banks of Little Rock said the public wants a part-time lieutenant governor. Jim Holt of Springdale said he wants it to be full-time as a “bully pulpit” to push for possible ballot measures, such as one to deny state services that aren’t mandated by the federal government to illegal aliens and require stricter identification for voter registration. Banks suggested that...
  • Revenue-hungry airline to charge for aisle seats

    03/14/2006 2:04:00 PM PST · by MikeA · 104 replies · 1,903+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/14/06 | Kyle Peterson
    By CHICAGO (Reuters) - Struggling U.S. airlines, looking for new ways to generate revenue, are getting bolder about charging for pretty much anything that makes air travel a little more comfortable -- including aisle seats. First came charging passengers for in-flight meals. Then, reservations done by phone cost extra. And now, one major airline, Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWACQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research), is trying to charge passengers for the right to sit in aisle seats and emergency-exit rows. The day is coming when carriers will require special fees even to check a bag, experts say. Analysts told Reuters that travelers should...
  • No Deals Yet for Pilots, Airlines [Northwest, Delta]

    03/02/2006 11:22:10 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 28 replies · 877+ views
    The Street. com ^ | March 2, 2006 | Ted Reed
    Negotiations between Northwest Airlines (NWACQ:OTC BB) and its pilots reached a critical point Thursday as a bankruptcy court deadline for a deal expired. Meanwhile, talks between Delta Air Lines (DALRQ:OTC BB) and its pilots are headed for arbitration. In the Northwest case, it's unclear when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper will issue a ruling on whether the airline can impose contract terms on its pilots, a move that would likely lead to a strike. Gropper didn't say when he would rule, according to a Wednesday night posting on the Web site for the Northwest chapter of the Air Line...
  • Northwest refuses gay couple's award tickets

    02/12/2006 5:39:39 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 43 replies · 2,139+ views
    PlanetOut Network ^ | Sat Feb 11, 8:01 PM ET | Staff
    SUMMARY: Northwest Airlines took heat from the ACLU on Thursday for refusing to honor award tickets that a gay couple in Los Angeles tried to use for a trip to Florida. Northwest Airlines took heat from the ACLU on Thursday for refusing to honor award tickets that a gay couple in Los Angeles tried to use for a trip to Florida. In a letter to Northwest, the legal advocacy group said the airline's action violated California's nondiscrimination laws. Rob Anders, a longtime airline industry employee, won the tickets at a holiday party in December. When he tried to redeem the...
  • Northwest flight attendant grounded after grenade found in luggage

    01/26/2006 3:10:01 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 82 replies · 1,896+ views
    A Northwest Airlines flight attendant has been grounded and could face charges after security personnel reported finding a real but inactive hand grenade in her carry-on luggage at Milwaukee's airport. The 39-year-old Cordova, Tenn., woman, whose name was not released, is expected to appear today in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
  • Ex-congressman Jimenez to sue US airline over stopover snafu (Convicted Clinton donor)

    12/28/2005 8:57:03 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 510+ views ^ | December 29, 2005 | Norman Bordadora
    HE may consider it prudent not to wade into politics at this time, but former Manila congressman Mark Jimenez can never be away from the limelight for very long. The controversial businessman, who was released recently from a United States prison, has taken up the cause of Filipinos claiming to have been allegedly mistreated by the United States-based Northwest Airlines. Jimenez announced during the Christmas weekend that he was planning to lead Northwest victims in filing a class suit against the US carrier for allegedly treating its Filipino passengers on its December 18 flight from Detroit to Manila like...
  • Passengers tackle man charging cockpit on Honolulu flight

    12/10/2005 5:03:13 PM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 203 replies · 10,610+ views ^ | December 9, 2005 10:00 PM | Gina Mangieri
    A suspect is in federal custody after passengers say he threatened an infant and tried to charge the cockpit of an airplane en route to Honolulu. No air marshal was aboard, but seven passengers tackled and subdued him. Passengers say the man's strange behavior started just a couple hours after Northwest Flight 91 took off from Los Angeles. "He came up to first class several times, and at one point he really startled me... He came up to my left shoulder, and he got right in my face and he said something in Spanish -- he said something about medicine,...
  • Man subdued on Northwest flight to Hawaii; threatened infants aboard.

    12/10/2005 3:48:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 72 replies · 3,160+ views
    Cannot post article as it is from the Honolulu Advertiser. Cannot find story on another source. Man was a Mexican national. Was subdued by 4 passengers.
  • Some striking NWA mechanics unruly(I'm shocked!)

    11/12/2005 12:37:34 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 6 replies · 558+ views
    KSTP news ^ | 11-12-05 |
    After nearly three months on strike, a few Northwest mechanics have become restless and in one instance, violent. Airport Director Steve Warham says one striking employee used a sling shot to fire a rock through the window of a delivery truck. The truck’s driver apparently thought he had been shot at, and nearly lost control. Clinton Muskopf admits firing the shot. “Tempers build up. Sometimes you get out of control,” he said. “Sometimes you get caught up in the rhetoric and you make a lot of idle threats. When push comes to shove, I crossed the line,” says Muskopf. Charges...
  • As Airlines Go Bankrupt, Law Firms Will Profit

    09/19/2005 7:33:59 PM PDT · by Fog Nozzle · 7 replies · 429+ views ^ | 09/19/05 | AP
    (AP) Delta and Northwest have hired law firms to lead their bankruptcy cases. They've tapped legal consultants to handle corporate tax and immigration issues. And they've put on the payroll financial and aviation experts to advise them on government procurement matters. It's the business of bankruptcy, and these days, with four major airlines in Chapter 11, it's big business. (snip) Just how much the process will cost Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. and Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines Corp. is an open question. The bankruptcy case of UAL Corp.'s United Airlines has cost more than $250 million in the nearly three...
  • Striking Northwest Airlines mechanics condone violence online.

    09/15/2005 5:55:13 PM PDT · by Central Scrutiniser · 108 replies · 2,533+ views
    UsAviation ^ | 9-15-05 | me
    An interesting thread by striking Northwest Airline mechanics at The source URL takes you to the specific thread Evidently, they all think that this is the way to strike: They are all for it, including this pleasant little ditty: PRINCESS KIDAGAKASH Yesterday, 11:05 PM Post #26 Rank: Veteran Group: Registered Member Posts: 707 Joined: 10-October 03 Member No.: 2,790 The AMFA STRIKERS are being way too nice in my opinion. If this was the 1930's, that SCAB's house would have been torched! -------------------- TWU:THE UNION THAT INVENTED CONCESSIONS! Why RIDE the BUS? When you can FLY with AMFA
  • Did Airline Deregulation Lead to Bankruptcy Filings for Delta, Northwest? (Jimmy Carter's idea)

    09/15/2005 9:15:04 AM PDT · by CATravelAgent · 81 replies · 1,729+ views
    Travel Wire News ^ | 09/14/2005 | Tom Parsons
    ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 14 / -- Today two major U.S. airlines, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 ultimately could be to blame. While the bankruptcy petitions will generate another ripple in the airline industry, it is expected to have minimal impact on travelers, says Tom Parsons, CEO of, an Internet site that monitors airfares. "Protecting its frequent flyer program will be a top priority for Delta and Northwest as their proceedings take place in bankruptcy court," says Parsons. "Because of the airlines' code share agreements with...
  • Delta and Northwest File for Bankruptcy

    09/15/2005 6:45:45 AM PDT · by minerboy · 10 replies · 490+ views ^ | September 15, 2005 | Joshua R. Freed and Harry Weber
    Delta Air Lines Inc. snatched pillows from most of its domestic passengers, and Northwest Airlines Corp. quit offering pretzels. They slashed thousands of jobs and pressed remaining workers to take pay cuts. They renegotiated debt and dropped money-losing flights, but it wasn't enough to keep both airlines out of bankruptcy court. Ultimately, both were undone by spiking fuel prices after Hurricane Katrina. Their other problems _ heavy debt, mounting pension obligations, labor costs higher than their peers _ were serious enough, but could be addressed later. But not the fuel. Northwest Chief Executive Doug Steenland said there were times in...
  • Northwest AirlinesFiles for Chapter 11

    09/14/2005 2:48:36 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 63 replies · 2,802+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9/14/05 | SUSAN CAREY
    Northwest Airlines, its financial condition worsening, filed for bankruptcy-court protection Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, a first in the history of the 79-year-old company and a fate it narrowly averted in the early 1990s. The filing, which was preceded by defaults on some payments due in the past few days, is expected to help the nation's fourth-largest airline by traffic reduce its towering labor costs and restructure its aircraft lease payments and other expenses. Delta Air Lines, the No. 3 carrier, also sought protection from its creditors Thursday. (See related story.) The two join UAL Corp.'s United...
  • Northwest and Delta Are Said to Be Preparing for Bankruptcy

    09/13/2005 2:57:30 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 40 replies · 954+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 9/13/05 | Michelline Maynard
    Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are both preparing to seek bankruptcy protection as soon as Wednesday, people close to both companies said today. Northwest and Delta are each finishing the details of their bankruptcy cases, including the financing that they will require to operate under bankruptcy protection, these people said. That could cause delays, but the fundamental work of preparing each bankruptcy case is complete, they said. A spokesman for Northwest, the nation's fifth-biggest airline, said today that the company had made no decision on a Chapter 11 filing. Likewise, a spokeswoman for Delta, which is the third-biggest carrier,...
  • Striking Northwest Workers Walk in Parades

    09/05/2005 2:26:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 446+ views
    AP ^ | 9/5/5 | OLIVIA MUNOZ
    DETROIT (AP) -- Northwest Airlines employees on strike for more than two weeks took their picket line to the streets Monday during two Labor Day parades in Detroit, hoping their presence would help rally support from other unions. "With the assault on labor right now, it was important for us to be out with all the unions," Bob Rose, president of Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 5 in Detroit, said in describing the more than 100 Northwest union members, family and friends who showed up to march in the parades. Northwest mechanics, cleaners and custodians have been on strike since...
  • Northwest Pilots Vote To Reopen Contract Talks

    09/02/2005 5:33:11 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 17 replies · 293+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | September 2, 2005 | AMY MERRICK
    Alarmed by Northwest Airlines' worsening financial situation, leaders of the pilots' union -- which already joined managers last year in agreeing to $300 million in givebacks -- voted yesterday to reopen contract negotiations soon with the airline... In a filing late yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the airline said it expects its fuel costs this year to increase 50% over 2004, rising to $3.3 billion. Earlier this summer, Northwest forecast that its fuel expenses would be about $3 billion for the year. Now, the carrier says it likely will spend more than $900 million on fuel in the...
  • Winds of change haunting unions

    09/01/2005 11:48:08 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 38 replies · 1,128+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 30, 2005 | Amity Schlaes
    When O.V. Delle-Femine led his mechanics out on strike against Northwest Airlines earlier this month, he thought he had a pretty good chance of winning public support. After all, the members of his union, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, were not crazed militants striking for huge wage increases. They were senior mechanics averaging decades of experience. All they wanted was to stop layoffs and wage cuts. Delle-Femine himself--72 years old and known as "Dell"--is something of a character. He reckoned that he and his small union would appeal as underdogs. And they had a final advantage: The fourth largest airline...
  • Police suspect tampering in Northwest jet's deflated tires

    08/25/2005 2:33:10 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 36 replies · 1,006+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, August 25, 2005; Posted: 11:55 a.m. EDT (15:55 GMT) | Mike Ahlers
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Police said they believe two tires may have been tampered with on a Northwest Airlines Boeing 757, an incident perhaps related to the nearly week-old mechanics strike against the nation's fourth-largest carrier. On Wednesday, Northwest employees discovered finding two landing gear tires deflated on a 757-200 aircraft during a preflight inspection at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the airline said in a statement. Northwest said no other damage was reported. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police is investigating the tire deflation as a crime, a spokeswoman said. "Based on information and evidence collected at the scene, the police believe that...
  • Northwest Airlines On-Time Performance Drops to 50 Percent Over Weekend

    08/23/2005 6:44:05 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies · 561+ views
    Seawaves ^ | 8/23/05
    Independent Business Travel Expert Reports; Only 15 FAA Inspectors Have Been Assigned to Northwest Worldwide Laconia NH August 22, 2005 - During the first weekend of a mechanics' strike, Northwest Airlines' on-time performance fell to about 50 percent, according to figures reported in, an independent online publication for business travelers edited by Joe Brancatelli, former editor of business travel publication The Frequent Flier. This compares with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figure of 78 percent for Northwest's average on-time performance over the first six months of 2005. Brancatelli's tracking of 99 randomly chosen Northwest U.S. and Canadian flights...
  • Northwest jet blows tire while landing in Detroit

    08/20/2005 3:35:45 PM PDT · by quantim · 58 replies · 1,244+ views
    WoodTV ^ | August 20, 2005 | AP
    ROMULUS, Mich. Four tires blew out on a Northwest Airlines jet this afternoon while it was landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The incident occurred the same day unionized mechanics went on strike against Northwest. Airline spokeswoman Jennifer Bagdade (BAG'-dad) says Flight 210 from Seattle was carrying 222 passengers when it landed a few minutes before 4 p-m. No injuries were reported. The Boeing 757 stopped on a taxiway with buses lined up to take passengers to the terminal. Bagdade says it's too early to speculate on the cause of the blowout. Northwest is the nation's fourth-largest airline, and the primary...
  • Northwest Airlines mechanics walk off the job

    08/19/2005 9:23:56 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 65 replies · 2,006+ views
    The Wall Street Journal | August 20, 2005
    BREAKING NEWS: Northwest Airlines mechanics walk off the job. Full article coming shortly.
  • Three hurt as Northwest plane evacuated in Guam

    08/19/2005 10:50:40 AM PDT · by RDTF · 4 replies · 481+ views
    My Way news ^ | August 19 | Reuters
    Aug 19, 5:15 AM (ET) GUAM (Reuters) - Three people were injured when the front landing gear of a Northwest Airlines plane carrying 318 passengers collapsed on landing at Guam international airport on Friday, officials said. The Boeing 747 was evacuated shortly after arriving from Japan's Narita airport, said Rolenda Faasuamalie, a spokeswoman for Guam international airport. "Northwest personnel activated an emergency slide and passengers were evacuated," she said. There was no immediate statement from Northwest Airlines on the accident. The Pacific island's airport was closed and all international arrivals diverted to the nearby Saipan island or the U.S. airforce...