August 24, 2005

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.