On Saturday, mechanics affiliated with the Aircraft Mechanics
Fraternal Association went on strike against Minneapolis/St.
Paul-based Northwest Airlines, the fourth largest air carrier in
the world. Despite the union's action, NWA pledged to keep flying:
"We intend to operate our normal schedule of domestic and
international flights," said Doug Steenland, Northwest's
president/CEO. "Northwest has experienced, licensed and trained
mechanics in place to service all NWA aircraft." On Monday,
however, AMFA asserted the airline was under pressure: "Our sources
indicate that NWA had to cancel 33 flights today out of DTW
[Detroit Metro Airport] and has already cancelled 15 DTW flights
for tomorrow." Yesterday, a Northwest spokesperson said the carrier
expects to complete 96 percent of its flights during the first week
of the strike.