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DELTA URGES PROMPT FINAL APPROVAL OF CLEVELAND-DETROIT-LONDON AUTHORITY

 DELTA URGES PROMPT FINAL APPROVAL OF
 CLEVELAND-DETROIT-LONDON AUTHORITY
 Northwest's Latest Delay Tactic Termed 'Invalid'
 ATLANTA, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) in a response to objections to the transfer of the Cleveland - Detroit - London route to Delta, today urged the Department of Transportation to "finalize its Show Cause Order and issue certificate authority to Delta" to operate the route.
 Delta noted that Northwest Airlines, in its objections to the DOT's tentative decision to award the route to Delta, merely submitted a rehash of assertions raised in earlier pleadings, all of which have been rejected previously by the DOT.
 In addition, Delta challenged Northwest's argument that the contract between Delta and Pan Am for the transfer of the route has been terminated. "In raising this argument, Northwest |is~ asking the Department to do precisely what the Department has said it will not do: to rule on the validity of the contract," Delta said in its response. The airline further noted that the court hearing the Pan Am bankruptcy declined to rule on the validity of the contract, and the DOT therefore should ignore Northwest's latest attempt to delay the process.
 "This case has been one of the most -- if not the most -- litigated route transfer proceedings in history," Delta said in its response. "The public interest requires prompt action. This case has been subjected to inordinate delay, engendered primarily by Northwest's dilatory tactics. The DOT must not allow further regulatory delay to defeat Delta's marketplace transaction and the substantial public interest benefits" the Department found would result from the transfer of the Cleveland - Detroit - London route to Delta. Delta will continue to operate the service under temporary rights granted by the DOT shortly after Pan American ceased operations in December 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Delta Air Lines public relations, 404-715-2533/
 (DAL) CO: Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Northwest Airlines ST: Georgia IN: AIR SU:


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