According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Northwest and Delta airlines might merge. Apparently representatives of the two sides reached an agreement regarding a “conceptual” outline, which might possibly combine the pilot ranks of the two companies. If the merger between the two companies takes place it would create the world’s largest airline, as both of the airlines would apparently employ as much as 79.000 people in their major hubs in Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis.
And they think this will make for a good and well run airline? It's got more to do with individuals getting their hands on bonuses and such as it has to do with creating a great airline.