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Merger put on hold

Pilot conflicts have put the Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines merge on hold, reported the Star Tribune.

The merger was placed on hold because executives wanted the pilots to resolve their conflicts. The conflicts involve integrating their seniority lists.

Seniority defines a pilot’s career progression within an airline as well as determines who flies larger airplanes. It also determines the size of a pilot’s paycheck.

As of yet, spokespersons for the Northwest and Delta pilot groups have not commented on the status of the seniority talks.

Failure to integrate the seniority lists will likely kill the merger, Julius Maldutis, president of New York-based Aviation Dynamics, said.

Without a finalized, integrated list, the two companies will not sign a merger agreement.