Looks like it’s a done deal. Delta and Northwest cleared the last hurdle in their merger effort yesterday when the DOJ approved the deal without any changes. Now, one of the oldest names in American skies will disappear under the Delta name. I’m not going to spend too much time on this, because you can go to just about any blog or news outlet and get the scoop, but I couldn’t just let it go without at least saying something.
For those who just want the basics, Northwest is now officially a subsidary of Delta, and the integration will continue to move forward. That’s about it. Now the hard work starts.
Northwest has been around under the same name (with an “Orient” thrown in here and there) since 1926. You can get the whole history of the airline here on Northwest’s site. You might be surprised to learn some of the good things that Northwest has contributed to the world of aviation over the years.
I know that many will not miss this airline at all, and I’m one of those people. I never had an affinity for Northwest, although my last flights were quite good. I also rarely had much of a reason to head to the Upper Midwest, Northwest’s home territory. But any time we see a name with more than 80 years of history disappear, it’s at the very least a bittersweet day. For my friends who work at the airline, it’s an extremely sad day indeed. Now that the deal is done, reality will start setting in.
So, pour one out for Northwest this weekend, even if you didn’t have any love for them. Then sit back and see if all that merger planning will actually lead to a smooth integration.
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