Now, Anderson said, the three domestic partners are on the verge of forming "the strongest alliance in the world" with KLM, Air France and Alitalia.
"We hope that as the SkyTeam alliance matures, one day you'll see an Alitalia airplane and Air France airplane here in Minneapolis," Anderson said.
The SkyTeam alliance, which is led by Air France and Delta, has expressed interest in bringing Northwest and Continental into its partnership, but deals have not been finalized.
Northwest executives are optimistic that the carrier will become a SkyTeam alliance member. "It will give us the scope and breadth of a worldwide network," Anderson said. "When we call on 3M
, they will then have a single transportation plan that will take them to their plants in South America, Thailand, Europe and Russia."
The chief executive of Northwest Airlines assured a Minneapolis business group Tuesday that the airline will keep its headquarters in Minnesota, and that Northwest will continue to expand its route network through partnerships with other airlines.
"There's a pervasive rumor in the community from time to time that Northwest is moving its headquarters," Anderson said. "I'm here to say that rumor is categorically false."
That comment drew sustained applause from about 225 people who attended a Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Le Meridien hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
Some of his predecessors discussed moving Northwest's headquarters, but Anderson said he "never thinks about it."
"We are a Minnesota company. We've been here 77 years," Anderson said.
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A lot of good information in the full story above. He also talks about how some of the CRJ's they are getting could be going to Mesaba. Also, the use of Regional Jets is expected to increase.
Personally, I hope NWA never leaves MSP
as it's headquarters. It would be a huge blow to the Minnesota economy.
Having Air France and Alitalia flying into MSP
would be great also. We need more foreign carriers at MSP