Northwest Airlines appeared to come through the first day of a strike by its 4,400 mechanics and aircraft cleaners with flying colors, operating most of its flights on Saturday and achieving a 57.8% ontime departure rate and 97.9% outbound completion factor through 5:15 p.m. EDT, according to an analysis by JP Morgan analyst Jamie Baker. To ease the burden on the mix of replacement workers and third-party providers who are filling in, the airline began flying its fall schedule Friday, ...

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