Here are the top 10 ways to tell that
is finally ready to go ahead and merge with
1. An Atlanta-Shreveport flight suddenly shows up on Northwest's summer schedule.
2. The press release announcing Northwest's April 23 first-quarter earnings call is redistributed, with Atlanta replacing Eagan, Minn., in the dateline.
3. The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association issues a press release declaring itself "the most competent mechanics' union on the property."
4. Delta CEO Richard Anderson tells a close friend that while Atlanta is his winter home, he sees value in spending summers in the Twin Cities.
5. The carriers issue a press release proclaiming they were neutral during the 1991 World Series.
6. "Midnight Train to Georgia" is heard playing in the Northwest employee cafeteria.
7. A fleet of
trucks shows up at Northwest's Memphis hub and begins carting everything and everybody off to Atlanta.
8. The carriers withdraw their application for Transportation Department approval of the six-way antitrust immunity for SkyTeam, saying approval is no longer need because now just one U.S. carrier is involved.
9. Northwest demands immediate construction of a sixth runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul, saying it cannot operate with fewer.
10. And the best way to tell that Northwest is merging with Delta: The directors at the closed-door board meeting send out for Cokes.