Northwest Airlines yesterday asked the bankruptcy court overseeing its Chapter 11 reorganization to permit it to reject the collective bargaining agreements covering its pilot and flight attendant workforces and allow it to make changes to retiree medical benefits. In a filing in support of applications for Section 1113 (pilots and cabin staff) and Section 1114 (retirees) relief, NWA argued that after enduring $3.8 billion in losses since third-quarter 2001, "there is no more furniture left ...

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