"In ALPA merger policy, seniority suffers from a negative legislative history, because if a seniority integration factor that was
The arbitrator also took the position that US Airways, operating under bankruptcy protection, was in imminent danger of collapse. That wouldn't be a factor in Delta and Northwest arbitration.
The market has shown concern about Delta and Northwest since pilots failed to reach a deal over the weekend. On Monday, the Amex Airline Index rose slightly, but shares in Northwest lost 2.8%, while Delta fell 1.5%, partially reflecting investor doubts about the likelihood of a merger. All three declined on Tuesday.
"This is definitely working at its own pace," says William Swelbar, a researcher at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation. "But in the end, I am going to be surprised if Northwest pilots stand in the way of a deal."