It’s official !! Northwest is joining Delta.
Just hours after they received clearance from the antitrust regulators at the Justice Department, Delta and Northwest Airlines announced the completion of their long-awaited merger, making Northwest a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.
The company will be headquartered in Atlanta, and the airlines announced plans to combine their operations over the next year or two—although some changes will come sooner.
Delta will put its code on “nearly all the Northwest system” by the end of this year
- The two airlines will institute “immediate complimentary upgrade reciprocity” for the elite members of their frequent flyer programs, so that a Delta SkyMiles elite member’s status will apply when he seeks a Northwest upgrade, and vice versa.
- Delta and Northwest will roll out “a fully consolidated worldwide flight schedule” by next summer.
- Delta’s staff uniforms, aircraft livery, in-flight entertainment and other amenities will be introduced to Northwest’s system beginning in the spring.
- The two airlines’ mileage programs will eventually be consolidated, “ultimately including the ability to combine miles from SkyMiles and WorldPerks accounts at a one-to-one ratio.”
- The two airlines’ web sites, passenger kiosks and other “customer-facing technology” will be fully integrated.