Airline Mergers Often Meet Turbulence At Takeoff

Law360, New York (April 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The proposed union between Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. has spurred widespread speculation about the harm the marriage could inflict on travelers. But if the merger is approved, the two airlines will likely have to overcome a period of turbulence themselves, such as assuaging employee worries and combining hubs, gates and frequent-flier programs, before reaching financial success.

Air carriers have frequently encountered difficulties in uniting their businesses. Past airline transactions have been hampered by issues that affect mergers between companies in most sectors,...
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