Northwest Airlines reported a second-quarter net loss of $285 million, widened from $234 million in the year-ago period, but insisted it is making "steady progress" as it works toward emerging from bankruptcy protection. Excluding reorganization-related items, the carrier said it earned $179 million in the period, improved from a net loss of $288 million excluding unusual items last year. President and CEO Doug Steenland said yesterday that NWA received a boost when Congress passed pension ...

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