I must say that I did NOT hear the article or read it what have you. However, based on what I can infer from what has been said here, Northwest is doing three things:
1. Cutting routes.
2. Keeping DC-9s longer.
3. Retiring four DC-10s unexpectedly.
Is it me, or does this sound eerily reminiscent of Trans World's recent failure? Let's take a look:
1. Within the last six months, TWA cut many routes, for example much of Florida. This was a surprise to many.
2. Yeah, they decided to keep those DC-9s a while. Retire the Dc9-10 series, but keep the -30 -40 -50 series.
3. Here's one- they suddenly- shock to the world- announced, "Uh, okay folks, as of this Saturday we will no longer fly ANY 727 to ANY of our destinations."
I am certainly not saying NW is going bankrupt. I am not that short sighted. But I think that America in general is about to hit a significant recession. Look at the airlines we've lost recently. TWA is the biggest, that's certain. We also lost Legend. Some really old airline in Alaska went belly up. AND, let us not forget that National filed for Chapter 11 in late December. Airlines are blowing away fast, folks. And with the whole US-->UA and talks between Continental and Delta, things are looking shaky.
I think that Northwest and Continental should merge. Just think- they could revive the 'orient' part of Northwest's name and become "Continental Orient"!!!! Isn't that classy?? Or, even better, "Continental West" that's a good one.