Delta Air Lines reported a full-year 2008 net loss of $8.9 billion, a result that represented a major reversal from net income of $1.61 billion in 2007, attributing the huge deficit mostly to noncash charges related to goodwill impairment ($7.3 billion) and its acquisition of Northwest Airlines ($970 million). CEO Richard Anderson told analysts and reporters yesterday that the result was positive considering the global financial crisis and the carrier's completion of the NWA merger in ...

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