US airlines have been threatening to merge for a while now. As the industry is going through hard times industry in such shambles, it’s another way to survive. Now it looks like the consolidation has begun.
Delta and Northwest announced last night that their plan to merge has become official, creating the world’s largest airline with over 800 planes and $35 billion in annual revenue, offering service in 66 countries and more than 375 worldwide cities – more than any other airline.
The combined carrier will fly under the Delta name, be based at Delta world HQ in Atlanta, and run by the current Delta management. Things won’t change much in the short term. It will take a while until all the kinks will be ironed out: it takes a while to get all contracts renegotiated, reservation systems merged, frequent flier programs organized, etc.
In case you are wondering – here is a page with some practical FAQ on the subject!