US FAA yesterday approved the merger transition plan submitted by Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines that envisions the carriers moving to a single operating certificate within 15-18 months. "The plan outlines the methodology, processes, tools and timing to maintain the safety of the day-to-day operations and to achieve a single operating certificate," the airlines said in a statement. DL Senior VP-Maintenance Operations John Laughter added that FAA's acceptance of the plan is "a ...

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