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Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines.(NORTH AMERICA Report)(Brief article)

* Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have launched formal merger negotiations, Congressman James Oberstar (D.-Minn.) told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Northwest sees a benefit to them of a merger with Delta," Oberstar said, adding that NWA executives said "there is little route overlap and not a significant effect on competition, which I disagree with." He confirmed that DL is looking at United Airlines as well.

In a memo to employees in early January, portions of which were revealed by the Associated Press and Bloomberg News, NWA President and CEO Doug Steenland said NWA would not comment publicly on merger speculation and did not confirm reports regarding negotiations with Delta. …

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