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Northwest Aims for Normal Schedule

Northwest Airlines today said that it plans to operate its normal schedule despite
the failure to reach a consensual agreement with the Aircraft Mechanics
Fraternal Association (AMFA).“Northwest customers can continue to depend on Northwest for their travel
needs.  We intend to operate our normal schedule of domestic and international
flights,” said Doug Steenland, president and chief executive officer.
  “During the past 18 months, Northwest developed a comprehensive
contingency plan that includes expanded vendor relationships to ensure that
the airline continues to operate normally.  Northwest has experienced,
licensed and trained mechanics in place to service all NWA aircraft.  The
airline remains in full compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) regulations.”
  “The Northwest final offer was fair to our employees while recognizing the
need for equitable labor costs savings from all labor groups so that Northwest
could restructure successfully,” Steenland continued.
  Because of the failure to reach an agreement with AMFA leadership prior to
the midnight (EDT), August 20 deadline, Northwest has implemented new terms
and conditions for its mechanics as permitted by the federal Railway Labor