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NWA-Delta Hearing

Minnesota lawmakers will be holding a hearing on the new combining of Northwest Airlines and Delta, reports MPR.

The merger, creating the world's biggest airline, was signed off last month by federal regulators. Delta has acquired Northwest, which is based in Eagan. The new company will be based in Atlanta.

The new airline will have 75,000 employees and 800 jets, reports the Pioneer Press.

The Minnesota House Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs Committee will examine whether Northwest remains true to its 1992 loan deal. Northwest is required to maintain a Minn. hub, reach job benchmarks and keep corporate headquarters in the state.

A failure to meet those obligations would lead to a call on Northwest's outstanding loan debt, which is $220 million.